Thursday December 23 2010
Mancini feels sorry for Benitez

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he isn't surprised at the way Rafa Benitez has been treated at Inter this season.

Benitez's agent is currently holding negotiations with Inter's lawyer in an effort to rescind his contract after just six months in charge.

Interviewed in La Stampa, Mancini was asked to compare it with his own experiences with Inter.

"The difference is that I was at the club for four years. Benitez will have been there for six months if it's true that he is being sacked.

"As a colleague I am sorry for him. Despite the problems Rafa's had, he's won the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup and I am sure that Inter will re-enter the title race.

"They weren't doing badly, but then again neither was I and that year we won the Scudetto again."

Asked for his opinion of reports linking Leonardo with the job, Mancini said: "I don't know the reasons behind this decision but there is nothing more that surprises me in football.

"I don't know why Rafa spoke in the way he did after an important victory [like the Club World Cup] but if he said certain things it's because he felt he had to say them.

"Everyone reacts in their own way and it's right that they do so while knowing that they will also suffer the consequences."

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