Portuguese veteran backs compatriot to win the Champions League

Luis Figo claims Internazionale have told him the club will be appointing Jose Mourinho as the new coach.

Inter confirmed the departure of Roberto Mancini on Thursday and Mourinho is widely predicted to be taking over at Giuseppe Meazza.

Reports have claimed that the former Chelsea manager met Inter president Massimo Moratti in Paris on Friday to discuss potential signings.

Figo has now revealed that he is expecting his fellow Portuguese to be appointed as Inter coach and has backed Mourinho to win the UEFA Champions League.

"By now everyone knows that Mourinho is coming to Inter, the club have informed me of this too," he told O Jogo.

"With the Nerazzurri, Mourinho can win the Champions League. However, I still haven't spoken to him yet."

Hope resurfaces

Figo also admits that the imminent appointment of Mourinho is likely to persuade him to stay with the Serie A champions for another season.

He added: "Whenever there's a change of coach hope always resurfaces for those who haven't played very much.

"I still don't know where I'm going to play. My contract ends now in May, but I hope it's at Inter.

"I'm thinking about staying on one more year."