Inter boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he is unhappy in Italy, fuelling speculation that he could depart the San Siro this summer.
Mourinho was speaking ahead of Inter’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against CSKA Moscow at the San Siro on Wednesday.
“I always speak in a very honest way and if I do it about Serie A I will be suspended. My situation is clear. I am very happy at Inter but not in Italian football,” he said. Asked why, he said: “Because I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me, simple.”
Mourinho has been punished several times by the Federazione Italiana Gioco Calcio (Italian football federation) for his remarks and has initiated a self-imposed media ban.
“My press silence is doing me good because it allows me to sit on the bench and that’s important for me,” he said. “I’ve always said that a coach does not win a match from the bench but it allows him to stay close to his players and that’s where I want to be. Not speaking about Italy or the Italian league allows me to sit on the bench, and no I don’t want to risk that.”
The Portuguese coach also re-affirmed his affection for English football, where he enjoyed success as manager of Chelsea, though he was keen to stress that he is fully focused on Inter.
“I miss English football and English football misses me, there’s no doubt about that, but right now I’m thinking only about Inter,” he said. “At Inter I’m very busy with the league, the Italian Cup and the Champions League. These occupy all my thoughts, preparing games and analysing them.”