Real Madrid is my best option now, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho revealed he will be discussing a move to Real Madrid with the club president Florentino Perez in the coming days.

Jose Mourinho holds the European Cup aloft for the second time with his second club. He hopes to be the first coach to lift the trophy with three different clubs.
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Jose Mourinho said he had almost certainly taken charge of Inter Milan for the last time after leading the Italian side to Champions League glory at the Santiago Bernabeu - and revealed he will be discussing a move to Real Madrid with the club president Florentino Perez in the coming days. Mourinho's Inter secured an historic treble thanks to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, making him only the third coach to win European Cups at different clubs. The Portuguese follows in the footsteps of Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, having previously won the competition with Porto in 2004. The 3-0 final win over Monaco in 2004 turned out to be Mourinho's last game with Porto before moving to Premier League side Chelsea. And Mourinho revealed that history is set to repeat itself. "The Champions League I won at Porto was my last game there and this time it will almost certainly be my last game for Inter," he said after the game. Mourinho admitted he is yet to sit down with Real Madrid, but said a meeting with president Perez was set to take place as soon as tomorrow. "The day after tomorrow (Monday) I will speak to him," he said. "I don't know the project yet, so I have to hear the project, but at the moment I am not the coach of Real Madrid; I am the coach of Inter and a very proud coach of Inter," he added. Nevertheless, the 47-year-old believes he will share common goals with Real. "It is an enormous club, a club that wants the same as me; I want to win, I want to feel important, I want to keep winning," he said. Real have won the European Cup nine times in their history, but are without a Champions League trophy since 2002 and have failed to go beyond the last 16 of the continent's premier club competition in any of the last six seasons. And Mourinho sees parallels with Inter, with the Italians having won their last European Cup in 1965. "Inter were winning domestic competitions (when I came here), but they were not winning international competitions," he said. "And it seems to me that Real Madrid are a club that want to win important things." Mourinho worked as an assistant coach to Bobby Robson and (current Bayern coach) Louis van Gaal at Barcelona in the late 1990s, and has made no secret of his desire to return to Spain. And after Madrid failed to win a trophy this season despite a huge outlay on players in the summer, speculation suggesting Mourinho will succeed Manuel Pellegrini has intensified in recent weeks. Now, the move appears imminent. "Inter remains an option and I have a fantastic family here, but Real is the best option I have," Mourinho said. Earlier on, having shed tears of joy and celebrated emotionally with Inter's players, the president Massimo Moratti and the nerazzurri fans directly after the game, Mourinho revealed on Italian television he would probably be leaving Milan. "I want another challenge in my career," he told RAI. "I want to become the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs. "It's not definite that I'll go but I want new risks, new experiences, and now is the moment to decide."

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