A REAL CHAMP?

MADRID - Jose Mourinho, fresh from guiding Inter Milan to Champions League glory, will sign a four-year deal with Real Madrid worth 10 million euros a year, Spanish newspapers reported yesterday.

MADRID - Jose Mourinho, fresh from guiding Inter Milan to Champions League glory, will sign a four-year deal with Real Madrid worth 10 million euros a year, Spanish newspapers reported yesterday.

As claimed the Portuguese coach had come to an agreement with Real president Florentino Perez on Friday, the day before Mourinho's Inter beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Marca, which headlined "Real Madrid recruits a champion", said the new coach of the Spanish giants would be unveiled either tomorrow or on Wednesday.

The two sports dailies concurred that the length of the contract would be four years, with the former Chelsea coach netting 10 million euros a season.

Some Inter players could also follow Mourinho to Madrid, according to the papers, notably Brazilian rightback Maicon and Argentinian striker Diego Milito, the former Zaragoza player who scored a brace against Bayern on Saturday.

Mourinho, who also guided Porto to European glory in 2004, 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.

"I want to be the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs," he said after confirming a meeting with Perez for today "It's more likely that I will leave rather than stay.

"Only Real are interested in me but I haven't spoken with anyone and I haven't signed anything.

"When I win I don't stop, and in Italy I have won everything. I've won the Champions League (Inter's first since 1965) with two clubs and I can do it with three.

"There are many things (in Italy) that I haven't liked and for three to four months I've been thinking of going." He said that only after speaking to Perez will he know if Real can offer him what he wants.

"I don't know their project yet, I need to know it first and that's why I can't (yet) say I'm the coach of Madrid," he said. - Sapa-AFP

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