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Mourinho set to leave Inter

2010-05-23 15:00

Madrid - Moments after winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho said he will probably leave the Italian champion.

Mourinho, tipped to join Real Madrid, told Italian state TV RAI on Saturday, "I want to become the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs. It's more probable that I'll go than stay."

Mourinho also guided FC Porto to the Champions League title in 2004, joining Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld as the only coaches to win the competition with two different clubs.

"This makes me feel really sad," Mourinho said. "I've become part of Inter's history and I don't want to talk about anything else. If I talk about it I'll cry and I don't want to do that."

Still, Mourinho again addressed his likely move to the Spanish capital.

"I want another challenge in my career and now it's the moment to decide," he said. "The important thing for Inter is that (club president Massimo) Moratti and (captain Javier) Zanetti stay."

Mourinho was asked on German television channel SAT1. "Was this your last game for Inter?

"Yes," he replied.

"Where are you going, are you going to Real?"

"Yes," he said.

Mourinho was speaking in English and his interviewer was asking questions in German that were being simultaneously translated for the Inter coach.

He then told Italy's Sky TV, "Only Real has expressed interest in me, but I haven't spoken with anybody and I haven't signed anything. I promised that I would talk after the final.

"I don't stop when I win, and I've won everything here."

Mourinho also told Sky that the decision was based on his dislike for Italian football.

"There are a lot of things I didn't like," he said. "I've been thinking about leaving for three or four months."

Moratti said it will be sad to see Mourinho leave.

"Certainly, but I'll remain indebted to him because he made us win so much and he gave us the confidence to win at the international level," Moratti said.

"You can't ask for too much now," Moratti added. "We've won the cup and now let's see what happens. Mourinho is someone who is unforgettable, someone who likes to travel the world to show that he wins."

Zanetti was already looking beyond Mourinho.

"Unfortunately it's true _ the coach is leaving us. This victory is his," Zanetti said. "Whoever is hired to coach this team will find a great group, capable of fighting on all fronts."

Still, Moratti left a glimmer of hope that Mourinho might stay.

"I don't think he has had more than a brief chat with anyone else, so I think there's still a small chance," the Inter president said.

AP

Comments
  • Collz - 2010-05-24 07:14

    Come on M. Real really need you With all the stars in their team, they need a coach like M.

  • Lamps_8 - 2010-05-24 07:57

    Don't get me wrong,Mourinho had a huge hand in making sure Chelsea Won back to back Premier League Titles & now making sure Inter (My favoured Italian side) Win everything and thats Great....But he's not there to be a Part of the club,he's Only there to make himself look good.This gent is so Arrogant.Everytime he speaks,he Quickly licks his Own naught.Mourinho is Only Special to himself...People like to Praise the Manager,but at the End of the day,Its the Players who go out on the field and work their nuts off for 90,NOT THE MANAGER!

  • Noxa - 2010-05-24 09:39

    @Lams_8: If the company fails to produce is it the workers who get fired or the CEO? Get real, the workers work 24/7 and the CEO dont. But "Stategy" is the order of the day. Who formulates strategy? He was asked to turn around the team which he did..... Players have to be put on proper positions and of course they dont put themselves there. It's the Special one. When SPO (Special One) was fired by Chelsea did Lampard get affected? Did Terry get affected? Hell no! So who is the BOSS?

  • Noxa - 2010-05-24 09:40

    @Lams_8: If the company fails to produce is it the workers who get fired or the CEO? Get real, the workers work 24/7 and the CEO dont. But "Stategy" is the order of the day. Who formulates strategy? He was asked to turn around the team which he did..... Players have to be put on proper positions and of course they dont put themselves there. It's the Special one. When SPO (Special One) was fired by Chelsea did Lampard get affected? Did Terry get affected? Hell no! So who is the BOSS?

  • Supafly - 2010-05-24 10:20

    Hail the special one! If you talk half as much $#it as this guy and have big enough nuts to back it up, you must be the GOAT (Gretest Of All Time). Yes, it's time he moves to Madrid and have new chalenges. Wining a treble with the team barely two yrs of taking over is something special and moving on is only a logical thing for any manager to do. i.e. what else is there to achieve, cause that's highest point of that growth curve. You can only go down from then on. So, three seasons at Real is what he'd need to repeat the same fit and any manager can do it guy can, only with style while ruffling a few feathers at the same time. Football has never been so good! @ Lamps_8! Quit smoking whatever it is you taking!

  • SIWUNDLA.A - 2010-05-24 17:18

    ja mourinho must come en join us at madrid we hv such amazin players like C9,kaka...etc come mouriiiinhooooooooo come bruda en make a historic winnin treble imagine takin dat champions league away frm inter 2 real as well as takin title away frm barca mmmmmmmmm... its gona be amazin for real next season come bruda come....

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