Friday, 21 September 2007

Mourinho hints at Serie A switch

Jose Mourinho has hinted tonight he could be looking for a Serie A job. "I have to choose between learning Italian and German," he said.

Mourinho caused shockwaves when he left Chelsea "by mutual consent" on Thursday morning.

He had been linked with the Portuguese national side and Tottenham Hotspur, but rejected both those options for the moment.

"I will come back and manage here (England), but I don't want it as my next step - it must be another country, another experience, another football," Mourinho told the British press in an impromptu media-scrum in London.

The former Porto boss already speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, but admitted he was looking to broaden his horizons by learning another language. "I have to choose between Italian and German," noted 'the Special One.'

The suggestion he will continue his successful career in either Serie A or the Bundesliga is backed up by speculation in the media.

In Italy only the big three can really afford his wages and of those Inter are the favourites to make a move. President Massimo Moratti has never disguised his fondness for Mourinho, while current coach Roberto Mancini is under increasing pressure after the opening Champions League defeat at Fenerbahce.

Juventus and Milan are the other alternatives and Rossoneri vice-President Adriano Galliani joked about the claims he was coming to San Siro. "Mourinho? Sure, he can work one week at Milan and the other at Inter."

If he were to take over at Milan, it would likely be at the end of the season so that Carlo Ancelotti can take over the Italian national team from the disappointing Roberto Donadoni. Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to lead the Azzurri team and failure to qualify or even impress at Euro 2008 would speed up his switch to the international bench.

In Germany, the only side that could afford and lure Mourinho could be Bayern Munich, while a return to Barcelona and Porto are unlikely. Spanish champions Real Madrid may be another option especially with their annual managerial changing policy.

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Source: C4 Football Italia

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