Mourinho - Ibra won't leave
Inter boss confident striker will stay
By Carla Hilton. Last Updated: June 17, 2009 2:48pm
Ibrahimovic: Mourinho hopeful
Jose Mourinho says he expects striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich to stay at Inter Milan.
The Sweden international, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, is yet to make a decision on his future.
Ibrahimovich recently admitted that he felt he had achieved all he could with the Italian giants and is far from certain to stay at Giuseppe Meazza.
Despite that negative outlook, Mourinho claims he fully expects his unsettled star forward to stay put.
"I don't think Ibra will leave," he told Corriere dello Sport.
Should Ibrahimovich decide to switch to Barca, striker Samuel Eto'o could go the opposite way in exchange.
"If he does go, it will only be to a big club, and one with whom we can exchange a player of a similar level," added Mourinho.
The Portuguese talisman admits he is hopeful Ricardo Quaresma will also stay with the club after rumours he may be on the way out.
Having struggled in his opening season at Inter, Quaresma joined Mourinho's former club Chelsea on loan in January.
Having turned down a move to Genoa, he is expected to stay and compete for a regular starting berth next term.
"Quaresma paid for the fact that he arrived after the start of the season," said Mourinho. "He didn't have time to adapt and it is difficult to show what you're worth immediately.
"I'm certain that with a proper pre-season and four, five or six friendlies he will be in shape to show what he is capable of."