Jose Mourinho has reiterated his future will be decided after Saturday's Champions League final, dismissing suggestions he has already agreed to coach Real Madrid but insisting he has "given everything possible" for Inter Milan.
Mourinho again claimed he cares deeply for the fans of Inter and also appreciates everything the club has done for him in his two years at the San Siro.
But the millions of euros he earns and all of the titles he has won cannot take a way the resentment he feels towards some in Italy who have, according to the Portuguese coach, shown him a lack of respect.
For that reason, Mourinho admits he could end up walking away from the Nerazzurri, even if he engineers a famous win over Bayern Munich at Real's Bernabeu home this weekend.
"It's not a problem of contract or money and that makes me slightly embarrassed because of what I earn considering the (world economic) crisis there is," said Mourinho.
"It's a problem of personal satisfaction, to feel respected or not in a football nation where I have had so many problems."
Mourinho has been linked with Madrid - a club that has played second fiddle to Barcelona in recent times.
Many believe Mourinho to be on his way to the Bernabeu, where he was praised after leading Inter past Barca in the Champions League semi-finals.
"It's not true that I'm the Real coach," Mourinho said.
"After the final, I want to think about my future.
"Obviously, Inter cannot do anything more to make me feel happy and feel important.
"The players are fantastic, so are the fans and everyone at the club.
"The result of Saturday's game means nothing. It will not change the fact that I have given everything possible."
Mourinho stressed at a press conference today that he has a good relationship with his employers.
"Inter doesn't owe me anything and I owe nothing to Inter, because I've given everything," he said.
He believes the club will make sure the right man is in charge if he does choose to depart.
In true Mourinho style, he said: "My successor? The club chose me and chose well."
Inter fans and all of Italian and Spanish football will be monitoring Mourinho's situation in the coming days.
Perhaps failure to beat Bayern in the Champions League final would serve as the impetus for Mourinho to stay and finish what he started, to lead Inter to the top in Europe.
However, should Mourinho guide Inter to victory against Bayern, he may opt for a new challenge, despite having time to run on his existing contract.
"The result of the final will not affect my decision regarding my future," said the former Chelsea coach.
"At this time, I am the Inter coach.
"I have a contract until 2012 or 2013, I don't remember."Reuse content