Mourinho devoted to Real, unhappy at Rafa
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has insisted his future lies at the Bernabeu amid speculation linking him with a return to Inter Milan. The Portuguese led I Nerazzurri to an unprecedented treble of UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles last season before switching to Los Merengues.
He was replaced at Inter by Rafa Benitez, but with reports suggesting the Spaniard's time at the San Siro could be coming to a swift end, Mourinho has found himself touted for a possible return to Italy. However, the outspoken 47-year-old, who caused a stir on Sunday by criticising the Real hierarchy, is adamant he is going nowhere.
"I have a four-year contract with Real Madrid, and I'm going to continue here for a long time," Mourinho told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. "There are many things to do in Madrid, and not only on-field work.
"I hope that Inter don't need me now, as this would mean they have taken the wrong path. In my future it will be the Premier League or Italy. Problems at Real Madrid? I never have problems."
Mourinho also believes that Benitez's outburst against Inter president Massimo Moratti earlier this week showed a lack of respect for what he did at the club. The former Liverpool manager issued a 'sack me or back me' ultimatum after the reigning European champions' success at the FIFA Club World Cup, believing he needs extra funds in the upcoming transfer window to improve his faltering squad.
Inter sit 13 points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals AC Milan in Serie A, albeit with two games in hand. "I don't want to know when or if Benitez is ousted," Mourinho said.
"I am only interested in Inter, the president, my friends, the players, the fans who in two years gave me everything. I want Inter to win everything apart from the Champions League, where there is Real Madrid.
"Rafa's words [after the Club World Cup], they deserve no comment. I expected at least a thank you from the success that I gave him. Ask all the Inter fans what they think of me and him."