Inter boss Rafa Benitez has denied speculation he has been sacked by the club.
Speculation about the Spaniard’s future intensified when he issued what amounted to a ‘back me or sack me’ ultimatum after winning the Club World Cup on Saturday.
The club’s president, Massimo Moratti, subsequently branded Benitez’s remarks ‘inappropriate’ and refused to comment on the standing of his manager.
Italian media then reported on Monday that Luciano Spalletti had been lined up to replace the former Liverpool boss, but Benitez insists reports about his exit are premature.
He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “They haven’t sacked me. Many people have called me after seeing the newspapers and they have asked if I have been sacked.
“It’s not true. I am surprised it has been given as fact.
“I am on holiday to rest. It has been months now that I have heard and read things that aren’t true.
“I don’t exactly know what the situation is.
“The president has to take a decision on the line he wants to follow. I am not the boss of my future.
“But as long as I am here, I will work to the maximum because we can keep winning.”