Mourinho joins Inter

MILAN - Jose Mourinho has been appointed coach of Inter Milan for the next three years, the Italian champions said yesterday.

MILAN - Jose Mourinho has been appointed coach of Inter Milan for the next three years, the Italian champions said yesterday.

Former Chelsea and Porto boss Mourinho succeeds Roberto Mancini, whose dismissal was confirmed on Thursday, 11 days after he led the side to their third consecutive Serie A title.

"FC Internazionale announce the arrival of Jose Mourinho," read a statement on the club's website (www.inter.it).

"The Portuguese coach has signed a three-year contract."

The statement gave no financial details of the deal. La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reported on its website (www.gazzetta.it) that the coach would earn ß9 million a season.

The club said the Portuguese would be presented at a news conference today.

Mourinho had been out of work since September, when he left Chelsea, whom he guided to two Premiership titles, after his relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich broke down.

Chelsea midfielders Frank Lampard and Michael Essien, and Barcelona duo Deco and Samuel Eto'o are among the transfer targets Mourinho wants his new club to aim for, according to media reports. - Reuters

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