Mourinho expects Lampard at Inter next year

July 1, 2008

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has seemingly abandoned his hopes of signing Frank Lampard from Chelsea this summer but claims he is '100% sure' the midfielder will make the move in 12 months' time.

The arrival of Deco at Chelsea on Monday night appeared to suggest Lampard's future may lie away from Stamford Bridge as rumours continue about the England midfielder.

However, former Blues boss Mourinho is quoted by The Sun on Tuesday admitting it is unlikely the 30-year-old will be at the San Siro any time soon.

'This season? I don't think so,' Mourinho said.

'Why won't he? Well, it's not because we don't want him to, but I'm sure Chelsea and Chelsea's officials don't want to sell him.

'However for the next season it will be easier for him to join me at Inter.

'I'm 100% sure in 2009/2010 he will be playing here.'