Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has admitted he briefly considered speaking with England manager Fabio Capello, after Jose Mourinho left to join Real Madrid.
The Nerazzurri chief confirmed he mulled over he possibility of bringing Capello to the San Siro, but his mind was soon set on Rafael Benitez.
"Capello was a realistic hypothesis that lasted two-and-a-half days, the time over a weekend which ended on the Monday," he said.
"He wasn't in competition with Benitez, it was realistic but then it turned out not to be. I didn't touch anything, there was a question which was then rescinded by itself.
"Benitez is one of the coaches who had a certain type of international experience, I heard great things about him and we went straight for him.
"We also considered alternatives because it was a difficult decision. Benitez is very professional, works very hard and has similar work systems to Mourinho, studying the games and opponents.
"He guarantees serious work and, I hope, good results. On a human level he's educated, courteous, likeable, not too insistent even when talking about signings."