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Inter coach Rafael Benitez still has strong feelings for Liverpool, despite his turbulent exit from the club last summer.

The Inter coach is slowly grasping the handle to life in Italy, but said he still follows the Reds in their new quest following resconstruction from the board to the bench.

“I’m getting on really well in Italy, a country that I was already familiar with from past holidays in Sardinia, but one that I am also learning to appreciate day by day here in Milan,” he told FIFA.com.

“But I have to admit that Liverpool is still in my heart, and even from a distance I follow the latest news on the club.

“I have a fantastic relationship with the Reds fans and I’m happy that some of them recently came to visit me at the San Siro for the Inter-Tottenham game, the day before the Napoli-Liverpool match.

“Deep down, the friendly relationship between Liverpool and Inter is due in part to that mythical final in Istanbul, when we beat Inter’s arch-rivals Milan.”

Benitez has come under scrutiny this term for failing to take possession of Inter after Jose Mourinho’s legacy. And he said his dream would be to coach the Spanish national side.

“I’m still young and for now I prefer to work day-to-day with my club and try to win at European and world level. In the future, why not?” he concluded.

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