Porto president Pinto da Costa has given a candid interview stating that Andre Villas-Boas left the Portuguese side too early in his career, and that Chelsea players’ are undermining him due to continued contact with Jose Mourinho.
The young Stamford Bridge trainer has come under scrutiny as his side battle to try to qualify for the Champions League, with the club currently in fifth place.
Da Costa has confirmed that he feels that his former coach will be successful in the long run, but the situation at the London club currently is not ideal.
“He will be successful with Chelsea because his contract isn’t just for one year,” the executive told Gazzetta dello Sport, translated to English by The Daily Telegraph.
“He needs time to mould his own team and he can’t do that as long as there are players, as I’ve heard, who exchange text messages with Mourinho. And Roman Abramovich knows this.
“He left thinking that Chelsea was a unique opportunity, but I believe that was a mistake because there would have been others.
“If he were to leave Chelsea, I am sure he will become the next coach at Inter. He has the right personality to coach the Nerazzurri. In the past, I said the same thing about Mourinho,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight