Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder says his relationship with Jose Mourinho was so strong that he was willing to die for him.
The Holland international won the treble under Mourinho last season and is among the favourites for the Ballon d'Or.
Interviewed in France Football, Sneijder revealed: "Once he said to me: 'Wesley you look tired. Take a few days off. Go get some sun with your wife and child'.
"All the other Coaches [in my career] only spoke about training. He sent me to the beach. So I went to Ibiza for three days.
"When I got back, I was prepared to kill and die for him."
See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk