Jose did his job

Jose Mourinho told Ibrahimovic to swith agent according to reports, and just after one day, Zlatan told the press that he is not leaving Inter.

Probably, his agent told him that there are no offers, or Ibra told him that they shouldn’t do this anymore.

Maybe, it’s only because the coach told him to clear himself until the preparations in USA starts for next season.

“I am seeing my friends, we are organising a trip abroad. I read the papers and I am resting. From time to time, I call my agent [Mino] Raiola and I ask him, ‘Is this or that true?’

“He laughs and says, ‘No.’ I see and hear many things. It’s fun reading that one day I am in Madrid, the next in Barcelona or London. The thing is that today my future is Inter.

“But anything can happen. No one can guarantee you the future. But for now there is just Inter.”

Maxwell stays

Maxwell joined Inter from Ajax in 2006, spending one year with Empoli on-loan before featuring under then coach Roberto Mancini. Overall, he has made nearly 80 appearances for the club in Serie A.

“Something is moving and the situation has changed,” said Raiola.

“I spoke to the directors yesterday and I can confirm their position is different now. We are working to extend the current contract, which would be expiring in June 2010.

“Still we are negotiating so there is not a deadline yet and I can’t say whether he will stay for definite,” added Raiola.

The reason behind these negotiations could be Douglas Maicon, if the Brazilian was to leave San Siro then Santon would move to his natural right-back position and Maxwell would return to being a regular on the left side.

Raiola is also the agent of Chievo’s Kerlon, another Inter-owned player. The youngster will be loaned out once again before taking a final decision regarding his future.

“He has a four-year contract with the Nerazzurri. Kerlon is a fantastic player and will no doubt become one of the best. Inter will wait the end of next season before deciding his future,” concluded Raiola.

Balotelli banned for Italy U21

Mario Balotelli can count himself lucky after the UEFA decided to ban him for just one game following his sending off against Sweden.

The Inter striker will consequently miss tomorrow’s match against Belarus but will be ready for the semi-final, if the Azzurrini manage to reach that stage.

Balotelli lost his cool against Sweden when, after scoring a wonderful opener for Italy, he stepped over an opponent hitting him on the shin pads.

However, Gabriele Gravini, FIGC team manager in Sweden, tried to justify the youngsters actions.

“Mario did something wrong but the Swedish provoked him. We expect only a one match ban.”

Gravini’s theory must have been influential on the court’s decision, considering that the Swedes did nothing to hide their intents.

The day before the match their players claimed they were going to attack SuperMario and try to make him react. Even after the game the Swede who clashed with Balotelli said he wasn’t hurt and that the Italian didn’t really touch him.

Carvalho very close

The way for Ricardo Carvalho to join Inter has apparently been cleared as Chelsea have reportedly signed his replacement, Porto centre-back Bruno Alves.

The news comes after Alves’ father, Washington, told the English Press his son will definitely be leaving Portugal this summer.

“By now there are no doubts he will leave Porto. The player is happy now, because he is under contract, but the moment of the great leap has arrived,” he said.

Chelsea are said to have paid around £24m for Alves, who despite a horrible performance against Manchester United in March, remains a highly regarded centre-back.

Should Alves’ move to Stamford Bridge become official, Carvalho will be surplus to requirements.

The 31-year-old Portugal international is a known Inter target.

Last week, Massimo Moratti told La Gazzetta dello Sport he is doing everything to reunite Carvalho with Jose Mourinho.

Carvalho is one of Mourinho’s main disciples, having played under him at Porto and Chelsea.

He is wanted to address Inter’s problems at centre-back.