Real Madrid’s aspirations prevent me from returning to Inter

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Retrieved 22 May 2020, 17:16 IST

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Jose Mourinho celebrates Inter’s victory in the 2010 Champions League final

Jose Mourinho suggested that he could not leave Inter for Real Madrid if he returned with Nerazzurri after a Champions League win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mourinho tripled Inter in the 2009-10 season and made the first Italian team to achieve them.

It ended with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at home in Madrid, with Mourinho signing a new coach.

After the Inter celebrations at the stadium, Mourinho did not immediately travel to Milan and, in an interview with Athletic, explained the reasons for the decision.

Before leaving the Bernabeu team, Mourinho, who shared a tearful hug with defender Marco Materazzi, said: “When I had this last word with him. [Materazzi], It was as if I hugged every player and tried to do something.

“I was with them at the celebrations, at the medals, at the cups. I was with them but then I didn’t go back to the dressing room because I didn’t want to say goodbye.

“It was very difficult for me and I did not want to leave Milan with them because people were saying that I had a contract with Real Madrid. That was not true. I had a contract but my contract was not signed.”

“I really wanted to go to Real Madrid at that time. I wanted to try to win the Spanish league after the English and Italian leagues. But I was afraid that if I went back to Milan with the team and, the players and the fans, I was afraid I would not leave. I can escape. I have escaped from them.

“A few days later, I signed with Real Madrid and then I could go back to Milan and I could meet the president and have dinner with him. [owner Massimo] Murthy and his family “

Mourinho beat Barcelona in the Inter semifinals, surviving 72 minutes with 10 men in the second leg at Camp Nou after dismissing Thiago Motta.

With Inter losing 1-0 but claiming a 3-2 win the entire time, Mourinho splashed across the pitch to celebrate the whole time.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes reacted angrily to the celebrations, but Mourinho – despite his fierce rivalry with Bar বারa in Madrid – has no ill will to Blogran.

“The game is over, everyone reacted in different ways. Our people cried. We had people on our knees. People on our floor were completely exhausted.”

“People were running around us and I rushed to our supporters because I knew how meaningful it was for them.

“Then, while we were enjoying [ourselves], They [Barcelona] Not responding in the best way that doesn’t reflect the dimensions of the club, a club where I was very happy while working there, a club that I know is a super-class club.

“But sometimes when we are frustrated we can cause these sensitive reactions. It’s not a problem though, just a great memory.”