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.