Nerazzurri chief Erick Thohir has called Jose Mourinho “a great Coach,” but has denied claims that the club are trying to reunite with ‘the Special One’.
The Portuguese boss, who won the treble in his previous two-year spell with Inter, has been linked with a return to the Nerazzurri in recent weeks.
The Italian side were at the top of the Serie A at Christmas, but have since slipped to fifth in the table after a poor run of form. Recent slump, accompanied with Mourinho’s visit to the San Siro to attend the game against Sampdoria, has sparked rumours about him replacing Mancini, just as he did in 2008.
Nevertheless, Thohir has insisted Mourinho will not be returning to the San Siro, and the club has no plans to replace Roberto Mancini, who he considers capable of “reviving the team”.
“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.
“Mancini knows very well what our objective is, we want to qualify for the Champions League.
“The Champions League is our objective, but of course sometimes the results aren’t what you expect. What’s really important for us now is the Sampdoria game.
“It’ll be nice to see the fans in the stadium and meet some of our legends.”