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The Portuguese coach gave a typically ironic response to the potential departure of his star forward…

Speaking to SkyItalia in the pre-match press conference, Jose Mourinho remained unconcerned over the declarations of Zlatan Ibrahimovic about experiencing new challenges.

“My gut feeling is that Ibrahimovic will stay at Inter. If the president [Moratti] then decides he wants to sell him for €5million, then I’ll buy him myself. Maybe even for 10, given how hard it is these days to invest in the banks," joked the Inter coach.

Mourinho was confident, however, that the concern surrounding Ibrahimovic’s future is all down to interpretation.

“What Ibra said was no different to what Kaka or Tevez might say. Even I have said such things and it is easy to interpret things in a twisted way. If, for example, I say that I want to add the Scudetto and Liga to my Premiership title, some might write that I want to leave Inter. But this is just an interpretation and I can say now that for certain I will be the coach of Inter next season.”

With some criticising the Swede’s effort in recent weeks, the former Chelsea coach finished by defending his top goalscorer.

“Did you see him work his socks off just two days ago in the Coppa Italia. Does that sort of performance show a lack of effort?"

Mourinho, and Ibrahimovic, take on Napoli at the San Paolo tomorrow evening, as Inter look to step closer to another Scudetto triumph.

Stefano Federici, Goal.com

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