Mourinho agent talks to Real


MADRID, May 24 – Jose Mourinho's agent held talks with Real Madrid bosses in the Spanish capital on Monday over the Portuguese coach's possible move to the club from Inter Milan, Spanish media reported.The agent, Jorge Mendes, who also represents Real’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, held talks for about 90 minutes with the club’s director general Jorge Valdano and sporting director Miguel Pardeza, the reports said.

Spanish sports dailies AS and Marca, reported on Sunday that Mourinho, fresh from guiding Inter Milan to Champions League glory, will sign a four-year deal with Real Madrid worth 10 million euros (12.5 million dollars) a year.

The stumbling block to the deal remains the talks with Inter Milan, who are demanding 16 million euros to let him leave the Italian side, they said.

His current contract with Inter Milan was due to expire in 2012 but has on several occasions expressed his dislike for Italian football.

Mourinho, who won the European title with Porto in 2004, told Portuguese television station TVI Sunday that the deal is almost a certainty but he wants to meet with Real officials first to get a clear understanding of what his role at the club would be.

"Things are practically ironed out. I want to meet the people, feel the pulse, know exactly what they want from me and the conditions, not the structures, because these I already know, to avoid any doubts when I begin my work," he said.

The 47-year-old coach, who won the Premier League with Chelsea after leaving Porto, also had a warning for Real’s squad – which is loaded with stars such as Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain, in addition to Ronaldo.

"The stars now are Inter, they are the European champions. My message to the players of Real, if I come to coach them, is that they are not stars, the star is not the coach, the star is the team," he said.

"If they all accept this like when I was at Porto, Chelsea or Inter, the victories will come."

Mourinho follows Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld as a member of the select band of coaches to have won the Champions League with two different clubs.

The Portuguese, who joined Inter two years ago, has also won two Serie A titles and an Italian Cup.

Speaking after the Champions League final, he acknowledged to having his eye on making history by becoming the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs.