Inter Honorary President Massimo Moratti admits he’ll “often think we could bring back Jose Mourinho rather than buying lots of players.”
The Special One won the Treble at San Siro in 2010, lifting the Champions League, Scudetto and Coppa Italia.
“I often think we could bring back Jose rather than buying lots of players, but it requires common sense,” Moratti told Tele Lombardia.
“We also mustn’t forget he only arrived because of Roberto Mancini’s post-Liverpool outburst. It was difficult to tell Mancini we had signed another Coach while the Scudetto celebrations were going on.
“Mourinho confirmed his great professionalism. I warned him we’d need to wait for Mancini and he said he’d remain at my disposal without contacting other clubs. He kept his word.”
Mourinho had already decided to take the Real Madrid job before the victorious Champions League Final. He was replaced by Rafa Benitez, who lasted only six months before making way for Leonardo.
“I think it was right to end that way. Mou was like a gust of wind, or a huge thunderstorm. It was right not to drag the rapport on after the Treble. The next season we won the Italian Super Cup, World Club Cup and Coppa Italia.
“If Leonardo had arrived earlier, then perhaps we would’ve won another Scudetto,” mused Moratti.
“Jose did not find satisfaction at Real Madrid, but now he is at Chelsea, another club he is fond of. I know that he’d come back here to Inter. He can’t right now, but maybe he’ll arrive later on after Walter Mazzarri, who is another very good Coach, has won three Scudetti.”
Moratti also looked back at one of the most representative players of his Inter reign, in good and bad.
“Alvaro Recoba was a bit like Inter: always surprising. He was at times lazy, but could also do things nobody had seen before.”