Jose Mourinho is pushing for a return to Inter Milan, according to a report in Italy.
The axed Manchester United boss took charge of the Nerazzurri for two years between 2008-10 and guided Inter to two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the 2009-10 Champions League with an impressive 62% win ratio.
Now, according to Libero, the Portuguese coach has put a return to the Serie A club at the top of his wish list after being sacked by Manchester United on December 18.
Mourinho, 56, has already instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to contact Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta and director Piero Ausilio over a return for the coach, who completed a historical ‘Triplete’ in 2010.
Spalletti’s future is far from assured with the Nerazzurri with Inter 20 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, but Marotta has confirmed the forthcoming game against Parma will not make or break his future.
“It is absolutely not true that the Parma game is decisive for Spalletti. We recognise that this is a difficult moment for Inter.
“We are in a transitional period of the season, as there are 16 matches to go and we are in third place. It’s true, our form has been going down lately, but we can count on a strong club, a competitive squad and a coach who is very capable. We’ll emerge from it stronger,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
Last summer Spalletti has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2021, but his future may well be revisited in the summer, and Libero claim the Nerazzurri management are already thinking about a new coach for the next season.
The report claims former Chelsea man Antonio Conte remains Marotta’s first choice, but Mourinho’s name cannot be excluded with possible negotiations between Inter and Mourinho’s delegation set to start this month.
Mourinho recently insisted that he was not in talks to take over Portuguese side Benfica, despite reports suggesting otherwise.