MILAN - In the run-up to the Christmas holidays, José Mourinho gave a long interview to BSkyB's Ian Bolton. The Inter coach dealt with a range of subjects, from the January transfer window and his relationship with the Italian media to his opinion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the recent loan move of David Beckham to AC Milan.
January transfer window "Not much will happen. I'm not a person for big changes. I like stability. I like to start the season with a group and finish with the same group. Of course, when the window is open anything can happen, but I don't like big big changes. The group is good. I feel it's too big. We have 26 players plus 3 goalkeepers. Normally we are working with around 24, 25 players which is okay."
"I really think he's the best player in the world. With all due respect for the incredible players in the world, I think he's the best. I never saw a guy who is 196cm tall with the speed, the coordination, the beauty of his game. He knows what he wants, he knows where he wants to arrive. He wants to play every game. He wants to press the other teams. He defends very well, which he was not doing never in his life. He's in the last step to be the best. It's really special to play with him."
Relationship with Italian press
"For me the only problem with the press is what happens after matches, because matches are 90 minutes of hard work. It's not mentally easy or physically easy. I would like to finish the game and go home but here I have one hour and fifteen minutes after the game of live interviews with five different channels. It's almost a drama. In Italy if you win you are top for the media. If you lose you are a disgrace. Pressure has a different dimension here, but it's not a problem for me."
David Beckham at AC Milan
"I'm happy. I want my league to be the best. I want my league to be important. I want my league to be not just important in Italy, but also in the world. In England I was proud that the Premiership was reaching levels of popularity around the world. I think we are doing something important in Italy because the Serie A is much better than it was last season. To have one like David Beckham is fantastic. (Smiles) I hope he doesn't do very well, because he plays in the enemy, but I hope he brings a lot of attention with him. He's more than a player, he's something special in the world, not just in the world of sport, and I'm really happy. Him, Ronaldinho, Ibrahimovic - these are the kind of players we need to have in the Italian league to make it again a good commercial product abroad because I think that's the next step. We need to sell better this product."
"I have a contract until 2011. I'm happy here. I never hide that I'm in love with the English game and one day I will go back to England, and one day I will go to Spain because I want to win La Liga. But at the same time, I'm really really happy with Inter and I want to help this club win everything."