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Football: Mourinho Confirms Commitment To Inter Amid City Speculation

Posted on: January 18, 2009

ROME – Coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed his commitment to Inter Milan amid speculation he may move to Manchester City following the club’s bid for 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka.

English and European football have seen the effect of a new mega-rich owner before when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic bought control of Chelsea.

Back then Chelsea shook up the transfer market and repeatedly outbid the likes of Manchester United to land stars such as Damian Duff and Arjen Robben but probably Abramovic’s shrewdest signing was that of Jose Mourinho in 2004.

Mourinho had just guided FC Porto to Champions League glory and was the hottest young coach around.

In three years at Stamford Bridge he landed two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and guided the Blues to two Champions League semi-finals — unprecedented success in Chelsea’s history.

But following Manchester City’s world record 100-plus million euro bid for AC Milan’s Kaka — thanks to the money invested by the Abu Dhabi Group — Mourinho insisted he will not be a part of the latest money-bags revolution in English football.

“All I can say is that I work in the Italian championship and hence I would like to see all the best players in the world here but it’s up to Milan and Kaka to decide,” said the self-styled Special One.

“I’m happy here, the club is happy with me and there’s no problems.

“I don’t talk about ifs, all I know is that there is an offer for Kaka, the rest is rumours.

“My contract runs until 2011 and if one day I’m not happy I will say so straight away and I hope that if (president Massimo) Moratti and the club lose faith in me they will tell me before you,” he told journalists ahead of his team’s trip to Atalanta on Sunday.

Mourinho admitted, too, that everyone should be worried about the shifting of the global football power base due to a major new player.

“Obviously when there’s a club that goes to Real Madrid and AC Milan to do its shopping, all the other big teams are at risk,” he said.

“For me it would be madness to make such offers if you don’t have the money. I remember how much things changed with the arrival of Abramovic at Chelsea.

“The others realised there was one more superpower in the Premier League, Chelsea first became a public danger and then a top team like Manchester (United), Liverpool and Arsenal.

“Now I can understand that at United they don’t want their cousins to buy Robinho, Kaka and goodness know who else but the race at the top in England is going from a fanatastic four to a five.”

While Mourinho seems fairly unfazed by happenings at Eastlands, AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said the Abu Dhabi Group money could turn football on its head.

“Will it destabilise the atmosphere around football? Yes, I agree with (Sir Alex) Ferguson,” he said.

“The thing I would ask is: when such a player arrives, earning such a salary (rumours suggest he will earn 15 million euros a season), how does he fit in to the context of the team and how do you behave with the other players of your level?

“What do you do, adapt everyone’s (salary) to his or explain that he is untouchable, that’s when managing becomes managing.”

“I think it’s up to the player because Milan are a world class club, one of the richest and hence they could keep him. Hence it’s Kaka who will decide.”

Lazio boss Delio Rossi believes that Milan can’t afford to turn down such money.

“I don’t have enough information to assess how close Kaka is (to joining City) but effectively if the offer is such it would be difficult for a team to refuse it,” he said.

“It’s a situation that only the player can conclude. He has to decide whether to stay or whether to leave, partly because his team couldn’t refuse the offer.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Mourinho Confirms Commitment To Inter Amid City Speculation

Posted on: January 18, 2009

ROME – Coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed his commitment to Inter Milan amid speculation he may move to Manchester City following the club’s bid for 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka.

English and European football have seen the effect of a new mega-rich owner before when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic bought control of Chelsea.

Back then Chelsea shook up the transfer market and repeatedly outbid the likes of Manchester United to land stars such as Damian Duff and Arjen Robben but probably Abramovic’s shrewdest signing was that of Jose Mourinho in 2004.

Mourinho had just guided FC Porto to Champions League glory and was the hottest young coach around.

In three years at Stamford Bridge he landed two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and guided the Blues to two Champions League semi-finals — unprecedented success in Chelsea’s history.

But following Manchester City’s world record 100-plus million euro bid for AC Milan’s Kaka — thanks to the money invested by the Abu Dhabi Group — Mourinho insisted he will not be a part of the latest money-bags revolution in English football.

“All I can say is that I work in the Italian championship and hence I would like to see all the best players in the world here but it’s up to Milan and Kaka to decide,” said the self-styled Special One.

“I’m happy here, the club is happy with me and there’s no problems.

“I don’t talk about ifs, all I know is that there is an offer for Kaka, the rest is rumours.

“My contract runs until 2011 and if one day I’m not happy I will say so straight away and I hope that if (president Massimo) Moratti and the club lose faith in me they will tell me before you,” he told journalists ahead of his team’s trip to Atalanta on Sunday.

Mourinho admitted, too, that everyone should be worried about the shifting of the global football power base due to a major new player.

“Obviously when there’s a club that goes to Real Madrid and AC Milan to do its shopping, all the other big teams are at risk,” he said.

“For me it would be madness to make such offers if you don’t have the money. I remember how much things changed with the arrival of Abramovic at Chelsea.

“The others realised there was one more superpower in the Premier League, Chelsea first became a public danger and then a top team like Manchester (United), Liverpool and Arsenal.

“Now I can understand that at United they don’t want their cousins to buy Robinho, Kaka and goodness know who else but the race at the top in England is going from a fanatastic four to a five.”

While Mourinho seems fairly unfazed by happenings at Eastlands, AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said the Abu Dhabi Group money could turn football on its head.

“Will it destabilise the atmosphere around football? Yes, I agree with (Sir Alex) Ferguson,” he said.

“The thing I would ask is: when such a player arrives, earning such a salary (rumours suggest he will earn 15 million euros a season), how does he fit in to the context of the team and how do you behave with the other players of your level?

“What do you do, adapt everyone’s (salary) to his or explain that he is untouchable, that’s when managing becomes managing.”

“I think it’s up to the player because Milan are a world class club, one of the richest and hence they could keep him. Hence it’s Kaka who will decide.”

Lazio boss Delio Rossi believes that Milan can’t afford to turn down such money.

“I don’t have enough information to assess how close Kaka is (to joining City) but effectively if the offer is such it would be difficult for a team to refuse it,” he said.

“It’s a situation that only the player can conclude. He has to decide whether to stay or whether to leave, partly because his team couldn’t refuse the offer.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Mourinho Confirms Commitment To Inter Amid City Speculation

Posted on: January 18, 2009

ROME – Coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed his commitment to Inter Milan amid speculation he may move to Manchester City following the club’s bid for 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka.

English and European football have seen the effect of a new mega-rich owner before when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic bought control of Chelsea.

Back then Chelsea shook up the transfer market and repeatedly outbid the likes of Manchester United to land stars such as Damian Duff and Arjen Robben but probably Abramovic’s shrewdest signing was that of Jose Mourinho in 2004.

Mourinho had just guided FC Porto to Champions League glory and was the hottest young coach around.

In three years at Stamford Bridge he landed two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and guided the Blues to two Champions League semi-finals — unprecedented success in Chelsea’s history.

But following Manchester City’s world record 100-plus million euro bid for AC Milan’s Kaka — thanks to the money invested by the Abu Dhabi Group — Mourinho insisted he will not be a part of the latest money-bags revolution in English football.

“All I can say is that I work in the Italian championship and hence I would like to see all the best players in the world here but it’s up to Milan and Kaka to decide,” said the self-styled Special One.

“I’m happy here, the club is happy with me and there’s no problems.

“I don’t talk about ifs, all I know is that there is an offer for Kaka, the rest is rumours.

“My contract runs until 2011 and if one day I’m not happy I will say so straight away and I hope that if (president Massimo) Moratti and the club lose faith in me they will tell me before you,” he told journalists ahead of his team’s trip to Atalanta on Sunday.

Mourinho admitted, too, that everyone should be worried about the shifting of the global football power base due to a major new player.

“Obviously when there’s a club that goes to Real Madrid and AC Milan to do its shopping, all the other big teams are at risk,” he said.

“For me it would be madness to make such offers if you don’t have the money. I remember how much things changed with the arrival of Abramovic at Chelsea.

“The others realised there was one more superpower in the Premier League, Chelsea first became a public danger and then a top team like Manchester (United), Liverpool and Arsenal.

“Now I can understand that at United they don’t want their cousins to buy Robinho, Kaka and goodness know who else but the race at the top in England is going from a fanatastic four to a five.”

While Mourinho seems fairly unfazed by happenings at Eastlands, AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said the Abu Dhabi Group money could turn football on its head.

“Will it destabilise the atmosphere around football? Yes, I agree with (Sir Alex) Ferguson,” he said.

“The thing I would ask is: when such a player arrives, earning such a salary (rumours suggest he will earn 15 million euros a season), how does he fit in to the context of the team and how do you behave with the other players of your level?

“What do you do, adapt everyone’s (salary) to his or explain that he is untouchable, that’s when managing becomes managing.”

“I think it’s up to the player because Milan are a world class club, one of the richest and hence they could keep him. Hence it’s Kaka who will decide.”

Lazio boss Delio Rossi believes that Milan can’t afford to turn down such money.

“I don’t have enough information to assess how close Kaka is (to joining City) but effectively if the offer is such it would be difficult for a team to refuse it,” he said.

“It’s a situation that only the player can conclude. He has to decide whether to stay or whether to leave, partly because his team couldn’t refuse the offer.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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