Moratti support for Leonardo

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has backed under-fire
manager Leonardo and denied rumours Jose Mourinho was set to return
to the club.

Reports in the Italian media have suggested Leonardo will leave
in the summer with Inter on the verge of relinquishing the Serie A
title to city rivals AC Milan.

Moratti has, however, denied the claims and, after Real Madrid
boss Mourinho also ruled himself out of a return, has pledged to
keep faith with Leonardo next season.

“The rumours? They are done by the media and papers,” Moratti
told Mediaset.

“My desire and Leonardo’s is to continue together, now and in
the future.”

Inter trail their San Siro co-tenants by eight points with four
games to play and Nerazzurri defender Ivan Cordoba has conceded his
side’s run of five consecutive Scudettos is about to end.

“It will be very difficult to hand over the title to Milan but
we have to win all the games that remain,” he told Colombian radio
station Caracol.

“We have to concentrate on our objectives, which are [qualifying
for] the Champions League and [winning] the Italian Cup, which is
still an important trophy.”

Inter head into the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final
against Roma on May 11 with a 1-0 lead after winning the first leg
in the capital last week.

Should they progress AC Milan could await in the final with
their semi-final against Palermo poised at 2-2.