Mourinho returning to Inter Milan this weekend

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010
Mourinho won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010

Jose Mourinho is returning to Inter Milan this weekend as he is again being linked with a return to take over at the San Siro.

Mourinho is reported to have set his sights on becoming Manchester United manager following his sacking from Chelsea in December, but claims that the Portuguese coach has a deal in place to take over at Old Trafford have been dismissed.

While United and Mourinho's advisers have refused to deny suggestions that there have been talks over the two-time Champions League winner moving to Old Trafford, the tactician is keeping his options open and has always hinted that he would be tempted to return to Inter.

Confirmation that Mourinho will attend Saturday's Serie A game against Sampdoria at the San Siro has fuelled rumours that he is weighing up an possible return to Milan, with his admiration for the club hardly a secret.

"It is a club I love so much," said Mourinho last year when asked whether he would like to make a return as Inter Milan boss.

"The supporters there are special. The president is more than special. It was a real family and that season we did everything. We won everything.

"If I ever go back to Italy, I always say it would be with Inter Milan. I have wonderful memories from my time there."

Mourinho's achievement of winning the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 is one of the finest accomplishments of his decorated career and there is no doubt he would be welcomed back to the club if they opted to replace current boss Roberto Mancini.

Former Man City boss Mancini is under huge pressure at Inter after a slump in results, with the 3-0 defeat against AC Milan at the start of this month pushing him to the brink of a swift exit.

Last Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina deepened the gloom for Mancini and if Mourinho was willing to take over at Inter right now, the club would doubtless jump at the chance to take him back.

These developments may also be create concern among Manchester United officials that Mourinho is not prepared to wait to discover what future awaits United boss Louis van Gaal as he plots a swift return to the game.

Van Gaal's position at United looks increasingly untenable following his side's 2-1 Europa League defeat against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, but the club still appear to be backing the Dutchman for now.