Real Madrid have confirmed Jose Mourinho will be unveiled as their new coach on Monday, after agreeing a compensation deal with Inter Milan.
The clubs' respective presidents, Massimo Moratti and Florentino Perez, met in Milan to thrash out a financial deal to facilitate the early release of Mourinho from his contract at the San Siro, which had two years to run.
Mourinho will replace Manuel Pellegrini in the Bernabeu hotseat after the Chilean was sacked on Wednesday night.
Madrid immediately outlined their intention to sign Mourinho once they and the former Chelsea boss had negotiated his release. That proved trickier than had been expected, with Inter seemingly determined to claim the full 16 million euro they were entitled to according to a release clause in Mourinho's contract.
However, Inter — whom Mourinho has just guided to the treble — and Madrid confirmed that a deal, reportedly worth half that sum, had been done.
Mourinho has already requested the Spanish giants try to lure several Inter players to the Bernabeu this summer, including Brazil international Maicon.
Aware there are those at Madrid who are wary of his defensive style, the new coach said he believes tactics are dictated by the players available.
“We have to know what we have and apply it in the best possible way to create damage,” he added. “Madrid has Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka that are very good on one-on-ones. We have to find a style of play that allows them to do that.”
He added: “I think Madrid have signed me because they know that they can demand aims in the short term, but that I am also capable of leaving a base for the future.
“I want to leave a mark at this club, not only with titles but with other things. I promise from my first day that I will bring out the best in the players, that I will take care of them.”