Update: Jose Mourinho has denied any meeting with Inter. In an official statement:
“I say categorically that it is not true that I went to Milan, that I met with Massimo Moratti (the Inter president), who I do not have the pleasure of knowing personally.
It is false to say that I am on the point of signing a contract with Inter Milan.”
So much for that…
Oh, how we’ve missed Jose Mourinho.
From the day he arrived at Stamford Bridge, proclaiming that he was the Special One, to his mind games with Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger, to his sporting rivalry with Sir Alex, to his side’s complete and utter domination of the Premier League, to his persistent baiting of clubs, players and media left and right, Mourinho left an impact in England that few others will match in their entire careers.
Mourinho was linked to many posts in the last few months – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan, Juventus, Liverpool – in fact, any club with realistic title and Champions League ambitions was linked with Mourinho one time or the other. Even England were linked before Capello took over and Manchester United were also mentioned, with some fans pointing to Mourinho as a potential successor to Ferguson once the Scot retired for good.
Mourinho’s personal advisor Eladio Parames said, late on Friday:
“It’s true they are in Italy and will return to Lisbon on Saturday. Of course, it was Inter who contacted Mourinho and his agent, not Mourinho contacting them. He (Mourinho) always showed interest in working in Italy, and he received the contact with pleasure.”
Inter have the money and ambition – not to mention the stable of stars – to match Mourinho’s own ambitions. However, it puts a serious question over Mancini’s ability to finish out the season as Serie A manager, what with Inter slipping in recent months and their lead reduced to just 4 points at the top of the table. Mancini has 4 years on his contract, but will he be kept if Inter let their lead slip any further?
Assuming that he’s onboard by the end of this season, what are the odds on Inter winning the Serie A next season with Mourinho? Champions League?