Rafa Benitez insists he was proved right for his criticism of Inter after Jose Mourinho won the Treble. “They didn’t listen to me.”
The Newcastle United manager sat down with La Repubblica for a lengthy interview and you can read the rest of it here.
He lasted just six months at San Siro in 2010, taking over after Mourinho had won the Champions League, Scudetto and Coppa Italia.
“I did will two trophies in just six months at Inter, then got as many with Napoli. I don’t regret those times,” said Benitez.
“It’s fair to say I didn’t enjoy Inter as much as Napoli. I almost never got the opportunity to look around the city of Milan. I lived outside the city and the squad wasn’t doing very well in Serie A.
“Inter had in their squad 12 players over the age of 30 and there was the need to change, but (then-President Massimo) Moratti didn’t listen to me.
“The club made that revolution eventually, but only after I had already left. Now, with Chinese investors, they can fight it out with Juventus and Napoli for the Scudetto.
“I’m not sure the level of Serie A has improved overall now, but there are certainly three or four teams that are much stronger, partly due to the influx of money from abroad.
“Money makes the difference, both to sign good players and above all to avoid them leaving.”