Branca not joining Real

Image: Marco Branca: Formed a successful working relationship with Mourinho at Inter

Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca could join him at Real Madrid.

Mourinho insists Inter sporting director is not set to move to Bernabeu

Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca could join him at Real Madrid and is also concerned by the Italian team's form this season. In an unprecedented move at the end of last season, the Spanish giants gave their coach almost complete control over team affairs by parting company with director general Jorge Valdano. Since then, reports have surfaced to suggest Madrid could seek to reintroduce a position between Mourinho and the board by trying to tempt Branca away from Inter. "I worked with him and I like him a lot, he is a great professional," Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against Lyon.

Optimistic

"But he will not come to Real Madrid, that possibility does not exist. "We are happy with the sporting structure that we have. Branca is at Inter and will stay there." Mourinho also expressed his fears over Inter's Serie A form this season as the weekend defeat by Catania left them on four points from their opening six matches and one place above the relegation zone. "I am an Inter fan and I do not like their bad results," he said. "But I am with them and I am optimistic."

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