'Mourinho? We already have Mancini' – Inter president Thohir

The former Chelsea boss has been linked with the club with whom he won a historic treble, but the Nerazzurri chief claims the rumours are completely without foundation

Inter president Erick Thohir has moved to quash rumours that Jose Mourinho is in talks to take over at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to the Nerazzurri in recent weeks, though the Portuguese also remains favourite to succeed Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

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Nevertheless, Thohir has poured cold water on the reports and insisted Roberto Mancini is capable of fulfilling the club’s objectives.

“I met Mourinho in Jakarta a few years ago before I was Inter president,” Thohir told Sky.

“He’s a great coach, he made history with Inter, but we have Mancini now who also wrote history with this club, achieving excellent results. I firmly believe he can revive the team.

“Look what’s already changed compared to Inter last year, though of course we need more time. That said, that shouldn’t be an excuse.

Despite a bright start to their Serie A campaign, Inter have hit a rocky patch of late, with the most recent loss – a 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina – prompting the club to send the players away on a training camp.

“[It] was a decision made by Mancini, together with our directors,” Thohir added. “I think it’s a good thing, though it’s not very common in other countries.

“It’s good for the players to have the opportunity to stay together for three or four days, calmly, to foster team spirit.

“We have to win tomorrow [against Sampdoria]. We have a good team and our coach is the best for us. I think we have a competitive squad and we also strengthened in the January transfer window.

“We still have 13 games to play, the team must stay calm and fight for our goals.”

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