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Mourinho signs new deal to stay at Inter

Jose Mourinho looks to have ended speculation about his future after signing a contract extension with Inter Milan to keep him at the club until June 2012. The former Chelsea boss, who brought the Serie A title to the Nerazurri in his first season in charge, had earlier said there was a "0.01 per cent" chance he could leave the club, heightening speculation about a possible move to Real Madrid.

But a statement on the club's website read: "In response to the wish of the coach to continue the project started together a year ago, a wish welcomed with pleasure by the club as a sign of attachment and winning spirit, FC Internazionale announces the extension of Jose Mourinho's contract until 30 June 2012."

Mourinho took the helm at Inter last summer following the departure of Roberto Mancini and guided the club to a fourth straight Serie A title. In Europe, however, the club lost in the first knockout round of the Champions League at the hands of Manchester United.

He promised the fans more titles would be on the way shortly after celebrating his first scudetto.

But, despite being contracted to the San Siro club until 2011, he had been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

When asked about the chance he could leave Inter, Mourinho said on the club's official website: "There is still a 0.01 per cent (chance).

"But for me this is not an important number, it just means that I am closer to Inter than to Real.

"I am satisfied with the relationship with the fans and with my players.

"I repeat, I am closer to staying at Inter than going elsewhere."

The comments appeared to irk Inter president Massimo Moratti, who said: "I'm monitoring the situation. It's a subject on which we will arrive at a conclusion.

"I wouldn't say that I'm angry but certainly I don't like reading certain things."

But any differences now appear to have been ironed out with Mourinho adding another year to his stay at the club.


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