Eurosport - Thu, 13 May 14:01:00 2010
Internazionale boss Jose Mourinho has said he "will coach Real Madrid" but insisted speculation linking him with the Spanish giants this summer is premature.
Mourinho, who will seal consecutive Serie A triumphs if his side beat Siena this weekend and has a Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 22, is reportedly the prime target for the Liga title-chasers.
Real's current coach, Manuel Pellegrini, is under pressure already despite putting his club a point behind leaders Barcelona with one game remaining. But ex-Chelsea manager Mourinho cooled reports that it was a done deal.
"They are writing that I have one foot in Madrid and one in Milan, but this is not true," Italian press reported him as telling Panorama in an interview.
The outspoken Portuguese continued his war of words with Italy’s football establishment by having a dig at Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who said he preferred his own club’s coach Walter Mazzarri to Mourinho.
"It means nothing to me, I have won in all three countries I have coached in," he said referring to title wins in Portugal, England and Italy.
"But it does make me laugh when certain presidents compare me to their coaches who have not even won a Cup of Tuscany or Reggio Calabria."
Mourinho, who has fallen out with media, club chairmen, fellow coaches and the game’s authorities, and who said he did not like Italian football, accused the sport in the country of being two-faced.
"The hypocrisy in football is that people come to me with a smile on their face, slap me on the back, call me the special one - and then as soon as they can they attack me," he said.
"They ask for a photo, an autograph and then they switch. This does not appeal to me."