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Friday December 24 2010
Leonardo has Zanetti backing

Inter captain Javier Zanetti says he would welcome the proposed appointment of Leonardo as the club's new Coach.

The former Milan player and boss is being tipped to be handed control after Rafael Benitez's dismissal this week.

And although his Rossoneri past does pose a problem to some sections of the support, Argentine Zanetti respects the Brazilian.

"I know Leonardo well," the veteran stated. "He is a very intelligent person, someone who is always on the ball.

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Friday December 24 2010
Leonardo will be Inter boss

Leonardo will soon be confirmed as the new Coach of Italian champions Inter, reports are insisting.

Despite fresh links with Walter Zenga this morning, the Italian media remain convinced that the Brazilian will be Rafael Benitez's successor at San Siro.

Talks are understood to have already taken place with just some minor details to be resolved between both parties.

Although an announcement could be imminent, the general feeling is that the appointment will be made official on December 27 or 28.

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Friday December 24 2010
OFFICIAL: Leonardo is Inter Coach

It is now official that Leonardo is the new Coach of Inter, as announced by the club website.

There had been strong reports of an imminent deal for some time and the termination by mutual consent of Rafa Benitez's contract opened the door.

On the evening of Christmas Eve, Inter released a statement confirming Leonardo is the new man in charge of the Nerazzurri.

He has signed a contract until June 30 2012 and will begin working with his new squad on December 29.

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Thursday December 23 2010
Galliani shocked at Leo-to-Inter talk

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits he wouldn't know how to react if Leonardo were to replace Rafa Benitez at Inter.

Leonardo spent over a decade at Milan first as a player, then as a director and finally as a Coach.

He left by mutual consent in the summer after one season in charge, citing differences of opinion with Silvio Berlusconi.

"I don't know what my reaction would be," Galliani told Sky Italia. "He certainly has a very important history with Milan.

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Thursday December 23 2010
Mazzola wouldn't hire Leo

Inter legend Sandro Mazzola has doubts that replacing Rafael Benitez with Leonardo is the right decision.

The Brazilian is the favourite to be handed the Nerazzurri hot-seat after Benitez rescinded his contract with the Italian giants today.

"I admire Leonardo as a man and a footballer, but I wouldn't know how to judge him as a Coach," Mazzola told Radio Radio.

"As an Interista I just find it hard to comprehend.

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Thursday December 23 2010
A Beautiful Mind

James Horncastle reveals why people shouldn't really be surprised if Leonardo decides to join Inter despite his past with Milan.

Zvonimir Boban picked up the newspapers yesterday morning and could barely believe his eyes. The headlines in each of Italy's sports dailies were once again linking his former teammate Leonardo with the bench at Inter only this time with an air of inevitability.

"I cannot imagine it," Boban said. "He worked at Milan for 13 years. He is a pure Milanista. It would be a very strange decision to move to Inter, but Leo is a professional and Moratti knows it. When Inter calls, it's difficult to say 'no' but in his place I wouldn't do it."

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Wednesday December 22 2010
Leo in pole for Inter job

Inter President Massimo Moratti is seriously considering the appointment of Leonardo as Rafa Benitez's replacement.

By now, it looks like a matter of days until Benitez gets the sack even though he told reporters yesterday that he would be back from a Christmas holiday in Liverpool in time for training at Appiano Gentile on December 29.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Benitez has received an email from Inter's lawyer and that despite his public desire to stay on at San Siro, his time is up.

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Wednesday December 22 2010
Report: Inter want Leonardo and Kaka

Not only is Leonardo reportedly set to take over from Rafa Benitez, but Inter could also exchange ex-Milan star Kaka for Douglas Maicon.

It is widely claimed that former Rossoneri Coach Leonardo is the hot favourite to replace Benitez during the winter break.

This move across the city could cause controversy, but not as much as the other rumour doing the rounds in the Italian media.

Sportmediaset suggest Inter are also in negotiations to bring Kaka back to San Siro wearing the Nerazzurri colours.

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Tuesday December 21 2010
Leonardo ready to replace Benitez?

Former Milan boss Leonardo is reportedly on his way to replace Rafa Benitez on the Inter bench.

President Massimo Moratti was in Spain today, seemingly for negotiations with Benitez's agent over terminating the contract.

“I have not received any contact yet and in any case cannot say any more right now, as I am very busy,” agent Manuel Quilon told Calciomercato.it.

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Thursday December 16 2010
Leonardo's 'Milan misunderstandings'

Adriano Galliani has finally confirmed Leonardo quit Milan because “some of his ideas did not match with those of our President.”

The Coach resigned after just one season at the helm and took several sideswipes at patron Silvio Berlusconi as he left.

“Some of Leonardo's technical ideas did not match with those of our President, but there has to be a debate,” confessed Vice-President Galliani on Milan Channel.

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