Jose Mourinho has confessed that Inter are the closest he has had to an ideal club in his career.
Mourinho led Inter to a historic treble in 2010 and has never made any secret of his affection for the Nerazzurri.
“I don’t want an internal conflict,” the former Real Madrid boss told the Telegraph.
“I want internal empathy. And then your conflict is on Sunday on the pitch when you play against somebody who wants to steal your three points. That’s the moment of the conflict.
“I don’t know if it is a bad translation from Portuguese to English but focus on these two words, ‘structure’ and ‘empathy’. I want to work with structural empathy.
“A club is a structure, a complex structure where the manager is an important part of that structure but he is not the structure.
“I want to work in a club that understands there is a structure in place. I don’t want to work in a structure of no coincidence [unity] in the thinking.
“People sometimes say ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with a football director’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with chief scout’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with an owner’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with president’.
“During my career I have been working in every possible circumstance. The most successful situations are not because of the structure but because of the empathy in the structure.
“People who work well together. People who share the same kind of ideas. This is the fundamental thing.
“You now have a generation of players who are not just players but the whole package. You have the player, the family, the agent, the entourage, the director of communication.
“You sometimes have the individual’s medical people and in an extreme situation you even have what they call their ‘personal fitness guys’.
“When you have a player you have all these distractions. And if there is no empathy in the structure of the club you get into so many contradictions that it is really, really difficult to work.”
After successive sackings at Chelsea and Manchester United, where will the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ end up next?
“[I’d look at] a club that is not ready to be a trophy-hunter immediately but with the ambition to be a trophy-hunter,” revealed the 56-year-old.
“If it is a club without ambition I wouldn’t go. I refused [the lucrative offer] because I want high-level football and ambitions at the highest level. That is my second item [requirement].
“My first item is structural empathy. I want to work with people that I love. People I want to work with, that I am happy to work with, with whom I share the same ideas.
“I don’t want to be in a permanent contradiction [conflict] between what I think and the others think.
“It was what I had at Inter. There are clubs like this. Normally, that is a very important part of a successful club.”