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Ancelotti 'no friend of mine' - Mourinho

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The feud between Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho and new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has yet to die - even with the latter no longer working in Serie A.

Mourinho took a swipe at the former AC Milan coach on Friday as Inter began their pre-season training and expressed his irritation that Ancelotti claimed in his unveiling at Stamford Bridge last week that he does not know who the 'Special One' is.

Mourinho, who introduced himself in those terms when he was first unveiled as the new Chelsea coach, said: "Now they say of him [Ancelotti] in England that he is Prince Charles. But I only know one Prince Charles, and that is the Prince of Wales. Ancelotti is no friend of mine."

Mourinho, who led Inter to their fourth straight title last year in his first season in charge, says that so far things have not gone according to plan in the transfer market for his team.

Inter had been linked with Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho, but it appears the Portuguese defender will not be moving to the San Siro.

They signed former Genoa duo Thiago Motta and Diego Milito as well as ex-Chievo attacking midfielder Kerlon. Ricardo Quaresma has also returned to the San Siro after a six-month loan spell at Chelsea.

Mourinho had hoped to have a reduced squad but instead faces the start of pre-season with a 28-man roster.

"Inter's squad?" It's complete," he said. "We have blonds, brown, black and white - I think it's difficult that anyone else will arrive. The market is open until August 31, just like the doors of a far west saloon. Eight players were supposed to leave our team and instead only four have left - three of which, their contract had come to an end.

"The market has brought few euros to the Inter accounts, and this is the reality. When a club doesn't make money, its coach has to be pragmatic. It's not the roster I dreamed about two or three months ago. But I cannot make miracles - I am not Harry Potter."

 

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