Monday October 17 2011
Real reject Branca option

Inter technical director Marco Branca will not be moving to Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho has underlined.

Branca was being linked with a move to Spain after reportedly testing the patience of Nerazzurri chief Massimo Moratti in recent months.

"I know him very well and we're friends," the former Beneamata tactician told reporters.

"We worked very well together at Inter and I like his way of doing things. He is a great professional, but he will not move here.

"We are so happy at Real Madrid. Here we have people who have professional attributes similar to his. Not identical, but similar – people of great ability.

"We are super satisfied with what we have right now."

Mourinho was also asked for his opinion on the Italian side's disastrous start to the season, following another defeat, this time at Catania.

"I don't like this run of results," he added. "I am always behind my former team, my ex-players, my ex-President and behind the Coach.

"However, I remain optimistic. They could get one, two, three, four or five bad results, but I will continue to believe that they will turn it around as early as the next game."

Inter are in action on Tuesday when they travel to Lille in the Champions League.

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