Inter president rules out return for Roberto Mancini

• Massimo Moratti not looking to bring Man City manager back
• 'We have already had him and he is part of our history'

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, remains an admirer of Roberto Mancini but has no plans to bring the Manchester City manager back to San Siro.

Moratti is likely to have to find a new coach for the Nerazzurri over the summer with José Mourinho on the brink of joining Real Madrid after leading the club to the treble – a feat completed by Saturday's Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich at the Bernabéu.

Mancini, who guided Inter to three consecutive Scudetti before being dismissed in the summer of 2008 and replaced by Mourinho, led City to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League six months after taking over at Eastlands.

When asked about how he intended to fill the post should Mourinho depart, Moratti told Sky Sport Italia: "I thought about it this morning. He [Mancini] is the only one I didn't think of due to the fact that we have already had him and he is part of our history.

"No, I don't think that for him this is the path to follow. I believe he is happy in England, that he likes living in England and hence, to bring him back in this difficult situation would be offensive."

Moratti did express admiration for Mancini, however. "Both [Mourinho and Mancini] are very different from a character standpoint but they have something in common: courage," Moratti said.

"Both of them are courageous, because I have to say, the great thing about Mancini is that he was courageous and talented as a player and as a person. Mourinho has talent and courage as well as a professionalism that is born in his work ethic."

Mancini's former assistant at Inter and current Catania manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is among the leading candidates to take over. Moratti said: "Mihajlovic certainly has character and is a fast learner. He is liked by the players. He is a friend of the players.

"We have a very good rapport with him but that doesn't mean that he could be the one chosen even though from a personal standpoint, it would be a choice I would like to make. Honestly, I have not decided yet."

He added: "I am and will be more attracted towards an emerging coach but you have to find one that has new ideas. But perhaps a coach that knows through experience to maintain this group from a positive standpoint would be great."

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