Mourinho frets over Sneijder, cools Premier League talk

Milan: Having only just lifted the Italian Cup, Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was already plotting his next conquests with Wesley Sneijder`s injury and his love for English football at the forefront of his masterful mind.

Inter`s 1-0 win over AS Roma in Wednesday`s Cup showpiece was the first step of what could be an unprecedented Italian treble with the league title and Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 22 also in Mourinho`s sights.

Sneijder, due to be a key player for the Netherlands at the World Cup, limped off after five minutes with a perforated thigh muscle after the first robust challenge of a niggly match.

The influential playmaker could be out for several weeks, leaving Mourinho to mull his options with Inter two points clear of Roma in Serie A with two games left.

"Obviously I`m worried about Sneijder, we still have three games left to play and I don`t know when he`ll be back. It`s a very difficult situation," Mourinho told a news conference.

The game, the fifth time the two sides had met in the Cup final in six years, was full of nasty fouls and minor brawls and finally boiled over late on when Roma captain Francesco Totti was sent off for an outrageous kick on Mario Balotelli.

"It`s very hard for a final to be a great footballing spectacle and that`s what we saw this evening, there was too much tension. What Totti did can happen, it`s not my place to criticise but he lost his head," Mourinho added.

"I did not like how the game started. There was too much aggression, what happened to Sneijder was an obvious example."

Mourinho`s future at Inter remains uncertain despite having a contract until 2012, with fresh newspaper reports linking him with Real Madrid.

The colourful former Chelsea coach has also often talked about his dislike of Italian football compared with his love for the English game but he doubted he would return to the Premier League next season.

"I still miss the Premiership, I still miss even living in England like I did for three years and I know I will return for sure, but I don`t know when," the Portuguese remarked.

"Will it be next season? To be fair I don`t think so."

Bureau Report