Former Inter coach Jose Mourinho has shared an anecdote about how he could have moved to the Nerazzurri sooner, only to opt for Chelsea instead.

The current Roma coach enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Nerazzurri between 2008 and 2010, culminating in a historic treble of the Serie A title, Coppa Italia, and Champions League.

However, speaking during the presentation of the Thinking Football Summit in Porto yesterday, hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation, and as reported by, Mourinho revealed that he had the chance to join Inter after leading Porto to the Champions League in 2004.

The former Manchester United tactician claimed that he was a guest on then-Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s yacht, and so could not turn down the Blues.

“When I left Porto, we were on the high seas, on Abramovich’s yacht,” Mourinho declared.

“Here is a witness, which is Luis Correia! Jorge Mendes calls me on the phone and says: “Do you want to go to Inter?”

“Luis Correia says: “Only if we go swimming!”, I have many stories to tell when I finish coaching,” Mourinho teased.

The 59-year-old enjoyed great success with Chelsea, leading them to their first league title in 50 years in 2005, before returning to the West London club in 2013.