Friday, 28 March 2008

Reports - Mourinho in talks with Inter

Jose Mourinho is in talks with Serie A champions Inter about a return to management, according to reports in the Portuguese media tonight.

Antena 1 radio station reported that the former Porto and Chelsea boss' personal adviser, Eladio Parames, had said Mourinho left Lisbon for Milan with his agent Jorge Mendes for talks with Inter President Massimo Moratti about the manager's post at the club.

Since leaving Chelsea in September, Mourinho has said he would like to work in either Italy or Spain.

Mourinho has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs over the last few months, including those at AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona. He was also in the running to become the England national team boss before Fabio Capello was appointed, but the 44-year-old withdrew his interest saying he would like to return to club football.

Inter are currently leading Serie A but they crashed out of the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage against Liverpool earlier this month.

Following that defeat, current coach Roberto Mancini said he intended to step down at the end of the season, only to reverse that decision the following day after holding meetings with Moratti.

Mancini has been in charge at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza since 2004 and has a contract running until 2012. He has led the club to two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia and two Super Cup trophies in his time so far.

On Thursday, Moratti laughed off speculation he was lining up a replacement for Mancini. "There is all this stuff to deny but I no longer have the patience to do it," he told reporters.

An Inter spokesman did not deny tonight's reports but said Moratti was not in Milan and reiterated the owner's comments about being fed up of denying rumours.

In recent weeks Inter have seen their gap at the top of Serie A reduced to just four points by nearest title rivals Roma. They travel to Lazio on Saturday night looking to keep on track for a third consecutive Scudetto.

Source: Reuters

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