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Inter Milan notes & quotes: January 11, 2019

Mourinho honored with Inter link, Nainggolan on the move and U-19s pick up a win.

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Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Valencia and Manchester United at Estadio Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia, Spain.
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Mourinho calls potential return to Inter ‘tremendous honor’

Just a month after being sacked at Manchester United, former boss Jose Mourinho said being linked with former clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan is a “tremendous honor,” according to ESPN.

The “special one” was immediately linked to replacing either Santiago Solari at Real Madrid or Luciano Spalletti at Inter after he was fired.

”If any professional -- a manager or a player -- is wanted by a former club, it means we did something positive,” he told Correo da Manha. “I felt this when I went back to Chelsea [in 2013.]

”When any professional returns to a club it is a tremendous honour [sic]. They’re not signing someone they don’t know, they are going for someone they know, someone who has already been there.

”But when I am not managing, I love that people do not talk about me and the best way to achieve that is for me to also not talk.”

Mourinho helped lead Inter to the treble — Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles — in 2010.

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PSG may enter race for Nainggolan

Not that there is any plans for him to leave anytime soon, but Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in picking up Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to Forza Italian Football.

Nainggolan has been hampered with injuries and disciplinary action for the season, but apparently PSG would be interested in picking him up.

Inter Primavera squad tops Atalanta, 2-1

Inter Milan’s Primavera side picked up goals from Tibo Persyn and Lorenzo Gavioli to defeat Serie A top side Atalanta, 2-1 at the Stadio Breda.

Both goals came in the second half in response to a goal in the 49th minute by Atalanta’s Roberto Piccoli.

The win moved the Nerazzurri up to fifth on 24 points while Atalanta remained top of the table with 32, three points ahead of Torino.

Inter will travel to face Palermo on Sunday before a Coppa Italia Primavera showdown with Cosenza on Wednesday.

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Valon Behrami (front) of Udinese Calcio is challenged by Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Udinese at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 15, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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Inter represented on Team of the Season

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic earned placed on Forza Italian Football’s Team of the Season … so far.

Juventus placed three on the squad — Cristiano Ronaldo, Rodrico Bentancur and Joao Cancelo — while Napoli had Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.

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