Former Chelsea boss does his best ‘woe is me’ act.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has sparked speculation about his future in Italian football after insisting: “I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me.”
Mourinho has not spoken to the Italian media for a month and was recently fined £35,000 by the Italian Football Federation for criticising officials.
“I am very happy at Inter but not in Italian football,” said Mourinho.
The 47-year-old, who left Chelsea in 2007, has made no secret of his desire to return to the English game.
“I always speak with my heart but if I spoke with my heart now about Serie A I would be suspended,” added Mourinho.
His comments came on the eve of his side’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against CSKA Moscow.
Mourinho’s Inter knocked out his former club Chelsea in the last round of the Champions League and are currently top of Serie A.
But his side have seen a healthy lead whittled down to just one point by Roma, to whom they lost 2-1 on Saturday, and three points by AC Milan.
He received a £16,000 fine last month for claiming “everything was done for us not to win” following a 2-0 defeat of AC Milan, a game in which Inter had two players sent off.
Mourinho also said the game had left a “strange taste” in his mouth, adding: “I’ve realised they won’t let us wrap up the championship early”.
He subsequently received a three-game touchline ban and was fined £35,000 for “insulting officials” during a game against Sampdoria.
Mourinho also made a ‘handcuffs’ gesture after seeing Walter Samuel sent off and Ivan Cordoba booked during the 0-0 draw, with the gesture interpreted as him suggesting his side were being victimised by referees.
Reports in Italy suggested referees were prepared to go on strike if Mourinho was not given a severe punishment.
Also in February, Mourinho paid a £11,500 fine to settle a disciplinary case over an altercation with a journalist last December.
Mourinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League, where he won the title twice with Chelsea, with Manchester City and Liverpool both touted as possible destinations. (BBC Sport)
Jose Mourinho is not a happy bunny it seems and in many ways you can kind of understand where he is coming from. It took the former Chelsea manager a while to earn the respect of the San Siro masses but now it seems his problems lie with the entire nation and the Italian FA in particular.
It may be that Jose is getting his excuses ready in case Roma or AC Milan do indeed end Inter’s stranglehold on the Serie A title and then perhaps he will wing his way back to the Premier League where he has repeatedly been linked with a move to Liverpool and perhaps even to Man City if they decide that Roberto Mancini isn’t the man for the job.