Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Jose Mourinho intends to return to the San Siro in three years.
However, Moratti, who maintains a good relationship with Mourinho after the Portuguese’s highly successful two-season stint at Inter, has claimed that the coach has already set his sights on a return to the Nerazzurri.
“I called Mourinho to congratulate him on his return to Chelsea,” Moratti was quoted as saying in La Stampa. “What did Jose say? He said, in three years, we’ll meet again at Inter.”
Mourinho led Inter to back-to-back Serie A titles and also secured the Champions League and Coppa Italia in his final campaign before departing for Real Madrid.
Despite Moratti’s comments, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is convinced Mourinho will remain in West London if he can deliver silverware.
“We need trophies (for stability),” Cech, speaking at an adidas Blue Pitch project, said. “If we fulfil our targets, for sure we will keep the same manager.
“We will have a go. We will try to win as much as we can. We will count the trophies at the end of the season. A club of the size of Chelsea Football Club, you need to target as best as possible and see if you can make it or not.
“Last season we won the Europa League - it was the first time the club had played in the competition and we managed to win it. It was a successful campaign, but obviously our target is to play better in the Champions League than we did last season. If we can challenge the teams to win it, we will try to do it.”
He added: “Jose Mourinho can't be more hungry. He didn't come back to enjoy his life. We are all here to try to prepare and to try to win things together. He's the same (as before). The motivation is the same, the hunger for success is the same and you can see that the demand he has for the team is the same.
“He wants to be the best, we would like to be the best - let's see if we can fulfil our expectations.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.