Mourinho rules out immediate Inter Milan return

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said that ”one day” he

will return to work at Inter Milan, but that it won’t be next

season.

The Portuguese won the Champions League, two Italian titles and

the Italian Cup in two years at Inter, before he left for Madrid in

2010.

His successor Rafael Benitez was replaced by Leonardo after less

than six months in charge.

Leonardo only has a contract for this season and the Italian

press has speculated that Mourinho could return when it runs

out.

”Please stop talking about Mourinho being at Inter next

season,” Mourinho was quoted as saying in Saturday’s Gazzetta

dello Sport. ”Myself and Inter will always be linked, and one day

we will work together again. But not next year.

”Inter has a fantastic president and superb staff. Let them and

Leo work together in peace so that they can finish this season

strongly and prepare properly for next season. I will stay with

Madrid next season.”

On Wednesday Mourinho won his first trophy since taking over

Real Madrid, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored an extratime winner in a

1-0 victory over Barcelona to claim the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona is eight points clear in La Liga with six games

remaining and the sides will also meet in the Champions League

semifinals.

Last season Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Barcelona 3-2 in the

last four to reach the final in Madrid.

”They’ve been asking me if this defeat has ended Barcelona’s

hegemony, but what hegemony?” Mourinho asked. ”It is a good team,

but at the moment is only the Spanish champion. Someone else is the

European champion.”