Obiora: Benitez was dearest to my heart at Inter

Obiora: Benitez was dearest to my heart at Inter
Nwankwo Obiora. Image credit/source: Twitter - Obiora Nwankwo (@N_obiora4)

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Apr 05, 2020. 13:00

Nigeria international Nwankwo Obiora says he enjoyed working with Rafael Benitez at Italian giants Inter Milan.

This is despite the 28-year-old defensive midfielder having worked with the legendary Spanish manager for a short period.

However, Obiora insists that he enjoyed his time under Benitez having won the Italian Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup in 2010.

“Yes, looking back on my time at Inter Milan it was a wonderful experience for a young player coming all the way from Africa to play and be involved at a major club like Inter Milan,” Obiora told World Football Index.

“I enjoyed every single minute of it and every bit of it. I have lots of special memories during my time there but the most special one has to be my first Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London that certainly is right up there in terms of highlights in my career so far.”

Obiora, who is now on the books of Portuguese club Boavista, left Inter at the end of the 2010/11 season and he explains why Benitez is a good manager.

“That is a tough question. I have had lots of good managers over the years and good coaches too, but the manager who I hold very dear to my heart is Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan,” he continued.

“He was the one who took me from the youth team to the first team of Inter Milan and he taught me many things and gave me lots of good advice in such a short period of time too.

“The things that he taught me are always in my head and I have brought them with me throughout my career,” he added.

“Of all the big managers and good coaches, I have encountered in my career, he has certainly played a key role in my development.”

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