Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has dampened rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid by saying that he was "99.9 per cent" sure of remaining at the newly-crowned Italian champions.
Florentino Perez, favourite to win the race to become Real's next president, is reportedly keen to lure Mourinho to the Bernabeu stadium next season. Perez has singled out the former Chelsea boss as his number one target to take over from Juande Ramos should he succeed in winning the 14 June presidential election, according to Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports, said: "I'm 99.9 per cent sure to stay at Inter. But the person who'll coach Real next season will be a very lucky man.
"Personally, the most important thing is that my president knows everything and knows everything about me, not the media or because someone told him. The first to know if there was something (happening) would be my president."
Mourinho, who has repeatedly stated his intention to remain at Inter next season, has already been contacted by Perez's advisors and has notified Inter president Massimo Moratti of the interest from Spain. According to La Gazzetta, Mourinho has a five-to-six-million-euro get-out clause in his contract which runs until 2011.
Mourinho said that, while a move to Real was tempting, his goal in life was to be happy at work. "The great temptation is to be happy, happy to work, to wake up every morning and go to (Inter's training ground) Appiano with happiness and satisfaction, and to work.
"As a coach said a few years ago, 'Where there's a ground, players and some balls, you're happy'. But of course, Real is Real and you can say it is a little tempting."