April 07, 2008

Inter managing director Ernesto Paolillo has stated in no uncertain terms that Inter Milan is not interested in signing Ronaldinho, while he also denies rumors that José Mourinho is set to replace Roberto Mancini as coach.

The future of Ronaldinho is in huge doubt, and he is widely expected to leave Barcelona in the summer following a miserable season.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with both Milan clubs, and there has been speculation that sponsors Nike may finance any deal to make the player a Nerazzurro.

"We haven't been after Ronaldinho and we're not after him now," Paolillo told Radio Anch'io Sport on Monday morning. "This is part of all the false rumors."

Paolillo also stated his belief that Mancini would be staying on as coach next season, and rubbished the repeated rumors about Mourinho taking over.

"There's no reason to think why he [Mancini] won't still be in charge," he said. "The team is first in the table and is fighting for the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia. Mancini is the winning coach of this team and his recent successes are proof of his capabilities.

"These rumors [about Mourinho] are irritating if people, including those at the club, believe them. But every day in the papers I read about possible changes of coach at other clubs. These kind of rumors make every coach feel uneasy.

"This is part of the world of sport. I just hope that everyone, including the people at the club, sees things as they really are."

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