Manchester United managerial target rules out return to Italy

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he’s not returning to Inter and insists that clubs are looking for him rather than the other way round.

The Portuguese tactician will attend the Nerazzurri’s game against Sampdoria on Saturday, which in turn has naturally led to speculation that he could be considering a second spell in Italy.

However, he has moved to dismiss the possibility and insists that he is merely visiting former President Massimo Moratti and watching the game as a spectator.

“I’ll be in Milan for one day, I’m grateful to President Massimo Moratti,” Mourinho told La Stampa, as noted by Football Italia.

“I left Inter in 2010, and since then I’ve always been working hard, first with Real Madrid and then with Chelsea. For that reason it’s been hard to find time to have lunch with the Moratti family. After lunch we’ll go to San Siro, bringing the Interista spirit with us, hoping to see Inter win. It will be very emotional for me: San Siro, the Inter fans.

“I want to clarify one thing though, I won’t be in charge next season. Inter have a project, and it’s Erick Thohir and Roberto Mancini. Their ideas have my full support, and my hope is that the project of the Coach and the President continues with great success.

“I want to see Inter smile again, and I hope tomorrow everyone can smile for an Inter victory.”

With a return to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza ruled out, Mourinho will continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal coming under intense scrutiny this season.

While the Dutchman is expected to survive until the summer, it remains to be seen whether or not the Red Devils opt to bring in the former Chelsea boss to replace him or allow him to see out the final year of his contract.

Should Mourinho take up the position at Old Trafford, it will of course give him the opportunity to reignite his rivalry with Pep Guardiola who is set to take over at Manchester City in the summer

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