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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 2, 2009

Mourinho won't walk away from contract with Inter

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho insists he wants to see out the rest of his contract at the San Siro.

Mourinho, who has admitted he would love to return to the Premier League in the future, has been linked with a move back to England this summer, with cash-rich Manchester City a possible destination.

However, the former Chelsea boss claims he wants to remain at the helm of the reigning Serie A champions for a further two seasons at least.

"I am happy and even in the most difficult moments in adapting, I never had any second thoughts,'' Mourinho told Mediaset.

"I don't avoid comparisons with my previous experiences, I have never hidden and I will never hide that England was different, there's a different calmness for a coach, footballing-wise and socially a different world for a football man.

"But I am happy. My contract runs out in 2011 and I want to honour it.''

The Portuguese coach also spoke out about his future plans.

He said: "At the end of my career I would want to do two things, first of all coach the Portugal national team, then I would like to go to a country like the United States to help them take a potentially fantastic world of football to the level of other sports like American football or baseball.

"I would like to do this, but I still have to wait a lot.''

Mourinho has been involved in several high-profile spats since his arrival in Italy, most notably with Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri and Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic.

While he claims he would happily go out for dinner with either of them, he could not resist a sly dig at his Bologna counterpart who recently said he could not talk about football with Mourinho because the former Porto coach had never played at a high level.

"I could go out with either of them, without any problems,'' said Mourinho. "With Ranieri also to talk about football, in that he is a person with experience who has dedicated his own life to the sport.

"Certainly talking with him would mean improving my own knowledge of Italian football.

"I couldn't talk about football with Mihajlovic, because he himself said he didn't want to do that with me.

"I can imagine that, if he doesn't want to talk with me, he also wouldn't even talk with (Sven-Goran) Eriksson, (Alex) Ferguson, (Arrigo) Sacchi, (Arsene) Wenger, (Rafa) Benitez... He couldn't talk to most of the top coaches in world football.''

Mourinho faced a similar situation in England, where his controversial comments saw him at loggerheads with Wenger and Ferguson among others.

The 45-year-old claims he is friends with the Manchester United boss but admits he has never seen eye to eye with the Arsenal manager.

"I don't understand him (Wenger) and I don't think it was easy for him that before 2004 he won everything, tearing up every record, and then after he didn't even win a cup,'' continued Mourinho. "Chelsea in 2004 ended up winning over Arsenal.

"It's obvious it's not easy, but I respect him a great deal.

"Ferguson is a friend and I have even gone out for dinner with him. Between us there was the habit that, after every game, we always liked to have our little glass of red wine.''

That custom is set to be taken up again, with Inter pitted against United in the Champions League.

And Mourinho admits it is a clash he is relishing.

"I am happy to be facing Manchester United, reigning champions and World Club champions,'' he continued. "We couldn't be facing a club with more prestige, there isn't a club that could give us more motivation.

"We'll have to see what happens, but if I succeed in transmitting to the players what I myself feel in these moments, I am sure we can do well.''

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