Mourinho departure 'unthinkable': Inter's Branca
Jose Mourinho's rumoured summer departure from Inter Milan is a "journalistic fantasy", said club technical director Marco Branca after the Portuguese manager steered the club to the verge of a fantastic treble.
Manager movements have been the main topic of the European rumour mill recently and Mourinho's transfer from Inter to Real Madrid has been tipped as one of the big changes this summer, particulary in the wake of Mourinho's elimination of Madrid's Spanish rivals Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.
Mourinho will lead his Inter team into battle against newly crowned German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu, the place he is tipped to take charge and transform Madrid's latest batch of Galacticos into European powerhouses.
Inter are also in Coppa Italia final and they regained the upper hand in their search for a fifth consecutive Scudetto with a 2-0 win at Lazio on Sunday. Speaking after the match, Branca insisted their special manager would stay at the club where he is contracted until 2012.
"Last year Mourinho was also linked with Real Madrid,'' said Branca. "But he is happy to be with us and we are happy to have him. They are just journalistic fantasies. We are absolutely not thinking about it. Jose Mourinho's future away from Milan is unthinkable.''
Inter went into the clash at Lazio in celebratory mood having reached their first European final since 1972 with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Barcelona that has been widely credited to Mourinho's tactical nous. Goals from South American pair Walter Samuel and Thiago Motta made sure Inter kept a two-point advantage over Roma heading into the last two league games of the campaign.
"We have overcome a big hurdle but there are still two left for the Scudetto,'' said Motta. "We have taken a very important step forward. I have been fortunate to score today and that gives me confidence. We needed to win this game at all costs considering Roma had won their game at Parma.
"We arrived in Rome ready to take home three points and we have done our duty. Now we must recover and think about the Coppa Italia.''
Inter take on Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Wednesday's Coppa Italia final. The Nerazzurri then host Chievo next before ending the season at already relegated Siena on May 16. If Inter win next weekend and Roma lose against Cagliari, Mourinho's team will capture their fifth straight league title with a match to spare.