Mourinho plays down City talk

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Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports linking him to Manchester City.

City are currently managed by Mark Hughes but their United Arab Emirates-based owners are rumoured to want a bigger name in charge, with Mourinho their number one choice.

However, the former Chelsea coach has laughed off suggestions he could be set to leave Inter only a few months after arriving at the San Siro, saying: "No, no, my contract is here at Inter. I am happy here and as long as the president (Massimo) Moratti and the club are happy, there's no problem with me."

He added: "You can't talk about ifs and buts - that's make believe. Everyone knows my situation, I have a contract here until 2011, I am happy, I'm doing my job.

"If one day I'm not happy anymore I'll say so immediately and I think the president would do the same."

All the talk in Manchester over the past few days has been about City's world record-breaking bid for AC Milan star Kaka.

Mourinho hopes the cash-rich club do not come in for any of his players, but admits he would be powerless to prevent Inter from accepting a bid.

"I don't know what would happen if Inter received a huge offer," he said. "But I like having all the best players here.

"When I was in England I was fiercely proud of my contribution and that the Premiership was the league with the best players. Now I am here in Italy I want to do the same.

"I'm not worried about City because in this club the president and his staff make the transfer decisions. I'm outside all that, when decisions are about economics it's better to be away from it all."

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