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Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho: I am my choice for coach of the year

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he should be the front-runner for all the major individual accolades in 2010 for leading Inter to a historic treble last season.

Mourinho guided the club to Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League success in the 2009-10 campaign before joining Madrid as their coach in the summer.

However, having led Spain to their maiden World Cup triumph in South Africa in the summer, Vicente del Bosque appears to be in pole position to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or award in the coaches' category, and this, Mourinho, believes, is unfair.

"Me, I've made my choice. 11 months' work, 57 matches played, three titles including the most important of all, 'THE' tournament - the Champions League," Mourinho told la Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have won everything, I could not do any more than that, equally so for the players."

The Portuguese further slammed the omission of Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder from the final three nominees for the Ballon d'Or award in the players' category.

He added: "If the winner is Andres Iniesta, who unhappily was not able to play for the first five months of the year because of injury, but after that played six matches and scored a goal in South Africa [the winner in the World Cup final], then anything can happen in the year of a World Cup final and the rest counts for nothing."

Mourinho also praised AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined the Rossoneri from Barcelona in the summer.

“I am only sorry that they didn't get to know the real Ibra: the one at Barca wasn't him and I don't know why," said the 47-year-old.

"But he is a phenomenon. I don't know if you understand: he has won nine league titles in a row in nine seasons with five teams."

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