Mourinho’s Real move ‘not even close’

Real Madrid fans will have to play the waiting game to see Jose

Mourinho at the Bernabeu stadium, according to Inter president

Massimo Moratti.

Reports in Spain claim Mourinho’s move to Real could be done in

a matter of hours, but Moratti offered a different view.

Asked if everything was settled with Real Madrid for Mourinho’s

transfer, Moratti told the club’s official website: “No. Not even

close, actually quite the opposite. We haven’t even started (to

discuss it).

“We will need a bit more time.”

Mourinho, who is under contract with Inter until June 2012, led

the Nerazzurri to arguably the best season in club history with a

Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League treble.

The former Chelsea coach does have a get-out clause in his deal

which he is set to exercise provided a fee of 16million euros is

paid to Inter.

Moratti has praised the Mourinho for bringing “a winning

mentality to the club” in his two seasons in charge.

However, he was less than impressed by Mourinho’s timing in

announcing his desire to leave the club.

Mourinho claimed he was on his way out in the week Inter were

preparing for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, a

game they won 2-0.

“I don’t feel fooled,” said Moratti. “The annoyance was overcome

as Mourinho’s concentration remained the same and he achieved all

the aims that he had to achieve.

“But the annoying part comes now, with the damage of having to

find someone new.”

Dutchman Guus Hiddink has been strongly linked with a move to

the San Siro while Italy’s leading sports newspaper Gazzetta dello

Sport in today’s issue devoted its front page to the need for

England manager Fabio Capello to take the Inter reins.

Gazzetta’s front headline read: “Capello – Inter, three reasons

to say yes.

“He inherits a strong squad, he can launch a challenge with

Mourinho and the president (Moratti) has liked him (Capello) for

some time.”

Capello is preparing England for next month’s World Cup.

The 63-year-old has coached AC Milan, Juventus and Roma in

Italy.