Mourinho: Benitez tried to remove my photos at Inter 6

Jose Mourinho had a deep connection with his players at Milan and believes the Spanish coach was jealous of that relationship.

Mourinho-Benitez tried to remove my photos at Inter

Mourinho-Benitez tried to remove my photos at Inter

The Portuguese led Inter Milan to a Champions League title in 2010 before being replaced by Benitez after his move to Madrid.

However, the former Liverpool manager was sacked after just six months and Mourinho believes the current Chelsea interim boss could not imitate the relationship he had developed with the Nerazzurri.

He told RTP1: “Benitez wanted to remove my photos, but they came back once he was gone.”

Mourinho was also keen to distance himself from comparisons with Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, who served under the 50-year-old in his spells at Porto, Chelsea and Inter, although claimed to be aware of his success prompting youngsters in his native Portugal targeting coaching careers.

“I don’t see anything of myself in Andre Villas-Boas. He has accessed places others couldn’t. I follow his career regularly,” Mourinho added.

“I know there is a Jose Mourinho effect in the young Portuguese. There is a lot of young people who dream about being a coach. Twenty years ago the youngsters wanted to be players, not coaches.”