Thursday, 21 May 2009

Mourinho dampens Real rumours

Inter coach Jose Mourinho has stated he is '99.9 per cent' sure he will remain at the Italian champions next season.

Jose MourinhoMourinho has been linked with the Real Madrid job ahead of the Spanish club's presidential election this summer.

Florentino Perez is a leading candidate to return as President and he has reportedly singled out Mourinho as the man he would like to take over from Juande Ramos.

However, the Portuguese tactician fully expects to stay at the Giuseppe Meazza and has also voiced his appreciation for the work of Inter President Massimo Moratti.

"I'm 99.9 percent sure to stay at Inter," he told Gianluca Vialli and Paolo Rossi on Sky Sport's 'Attenti a Quei Due' show. "But the person who'll coach Real next season will be a very lucky man.

"Personally, the most important thing is that my President knows everything and knows everything about me, not the media or because someone told him. The first to know if there was something (happening) would be my President."

Mourinho admits it is flattering to be linked with Real but maintains that his main goal in life is to be happy at work.

He explained: "The great temptation is to be happy, happy to work, to wake up every morning and go to (Inter's training ground) Appiano Gentile with happiness and satisfaction, and to work.

"As a coach said a few years ago, 'Where there's a ground, players and some balls, you're happy'.

"But of course, Real is Real and you can say it is a little tempting."

Despite the many controversies he had, Mourinho had sympathy for his former rival Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as Juventus manager last week.

"It seems to me that he has done a great job there, his team played with a football identity and his team placed great pressure on us throughout the championship," he said.

"Then, it seems to me that they had some psychological problems and this caused fear to the club that the team may lose a direct qualification spot for the UEFA Champions League.

"But they have made a decision, it is difficult to understand with just two matches to go because I believe that he deserved to leave Juve with a little more dignity.

"I am sorry and I hope that next year, if not in Italy, he can find a team because he deserves it."

He also commented on the speculation surrounding city rivals AC Milan and the future of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"I think Ancelotti will go to Chelsea, while Marco van Basten will arrive a Milan, and I wish them well," he added.

Mourinho recently promised Inter fans more titles are on the way after leading the Nerazzurri to their fourth successive Scudetto last weekend and earlier Moratti said he had no doubt Mourinho would remain.

"Yes, we were immediately alerted to the reports that came from Spain," said Moratti. "But our coach has assured us that he doesn't want to leave Inter."

"I believe in my coach's words. In the past he has shown seriousness and has proved that he always honours his word."

Source: Sky Sports

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