Former Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti claims now-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would have remained at the San Siro if he had been asked to.
Moratti, who shared a very good relationship with the Portuguese manager, spoke to Guerin Sportivo in a recent interview (H/T Marca) and opened up on the conversation he had with the tactician before he left for Real Madrid in 2010.
“In my Milan office he told me that he understood he was going to a company, not a family,” he said.
“He also said that if I asked him to, he would remain with Inter.”
“I told him to make his own decision freely.
“Inter became something truly special,” Mourinho has since declared. “For me, it was like a love affair. It was an old squad, probably their last opportunity to win something important for this generation.
“We won it, giving incredible joy to the Inter fans and the Moratti family. I have no regrets. I know that when I left for Real Madrid, it might not have been the best time, but it was what I wanted, to face the strongest Barcelona side in history.”