Inter Milan boss Mourinho raps "strange" Ibra departure

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has declared he's satisfied with the balance of his squad.

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has declared he's satisfied with the balance of his squad.

“I dreamed of a more balanced Inter side and now it is,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I wanted a different defender to the ones I had, someone who could dominate the air and also play further up the field. I got Lucio.

“I wanted a midfielder of quality, like Thiago Motta, a trequartista like Aliaksandr Hleb and a striker like Diego Milito.”

On the swap involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, Mourinho was upbeat.

“Only a stupid Coach would be happy to lose Ibrahimovic, but only a stupid Coach would not be happy to have Eto’o. I am very pleased with his arrival.

“Do I feel betrayed by Ibra? I thought he would stay because only Real Madrid would pay such crazy money, instead Barcelona did it too.

“If as [agent Mino] Raiola said the negotiations had been going on for a year, then let us say something strange happened. If it is a recent thing, then it’s fine, as he gave Inter everything he could, always.

“In fact, I think this is the transfer of the summer and a deal worth in total over £80m, as for me Eto’o is not worth a Euro less than Ibra.

“The first time we met, we argued, and I like a player who is fired up after a defeat,” smiled the Special One of the Cameroon hitman.

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