Saturday 20 January 2018

Mourinho: i'm going nowhere

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insists his future lies at the Bernabeu amid speculation linking him with a return to Inter Milan.

Mourinho led Inter to an unprecedented treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles last season before switching to Madrid.

He was replaced at Inter by Rafael Benitez, but with reports suggesting the Spaniard's time at the San Siro could be coming to a swift end, Mourinho has found himself touted for a possible return to Italy.

However, the outspoken Portuguese, who on Sunday caused a stir by asking the Madrid hierarchy do more to protect the team in the face of perceived refereeing injustices rather than leave it all to him, is adamant he is going nowhere.

He is quoted as telling Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport: "I have a four-year contract with Real Madrid, and I'm going to continue here for a long time.

"There are many things to do in Madrid, and not only on-field work.

"I hope that Inter don't need me now, as this would mean they have taken the wrong path.

"In my future it will be the Premier League or Italy. Problems at Real Madrid? I never have problems."

Mourinho also believes that Benitez's outburst against Inter president Massimo Moratti earlier this week showed a lack of respect for what he did at the club.

Benitez issued a 'sack me or back me' ultimatum after Inter's success at the FIFA Club World Cup, believing he needs extra funds in the upcoming transfer window to improve his faltering squad.

The reigning five-time Serie A champions sit 13 points adrift of leaders and city rivals AC Milan in the table, albeit with two games in hand.

"I don't want to know when or if Benitez is ousted," Mourinho added.

"I am only interested in Inter, the president, my friends, the players, the fans who in two years gave me everything.

"I want Inter to win everything apart from the Champions League, where there is Real Madrid.

"Rafa's words [after the Club World Cup]. They deserve no comment. I expected at least a thank you from the success that I gave him.

"Ask all the Inter fans what they think of me and him."

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