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Inter squad needs trimming: Mourinho

jelly1232010-05-04 22:10:53 +0000 #1
Despite Inter Milan's pursuit of top class midfielders such as Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Ghana's Sulley Muntari, coach Jose Mourinho says he needs to trim his squad.

With the arrival of Muntari, who was due to be unveiled to the media on Monday, Inter's first team squad has ballooned to 28 bodies.

"We have too many (players) and it's not an easy situation, we need to reduce the squad to 25 players," said Mourinho from Inter's base here near Milan, where the Italian champions beat Bari 2-0 in a friendly on Sunday night.

"For the moment, we have too many forwards and we can't give them all as much playing time as we would like."

Inter currently have six strikers and 10 midfielders on their books which means a large number of established internationals will find themselves regularly warming the bench and promising young players such as teenage Italian forward Mario Balotelli could struggle to even make the match-day squad.

However, despite Inter's large squad, they have problems in central defence with three players injured.

"The thing that I'm not happy about up until now is the absence of three players in the same position, that's to say (Cristian) Chivu, (Ivan) Cordoba and (Walter) Samuel," said Mourinho.

Despite his complaints about the large squad, Mourinho still wants to add some players but he seems resigned to missing out on his primary target, England midfielder Lampard.

"I'm not disappointed in him, the important thing for a player is to do what's best for him," he added.

"If his choice is to stay at Chelsea because he is happier, that's ok with me."

Inter have not given up hope of signing Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma from Porto, though, with technical director Marco Branca telling Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha that he believes the player will soon sign for the Milan giants.

"Everyone knows Inter want Quaresma but he is still a Porto player," said Branca.

"Even so, I think he could soon arrive at our club, today will be an important day in the development of the deal."

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho believes there are too many players at the club.



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