Italians haven’t quite cottoned on yet to Jose Mourinho’s sense of humour.
Inter Milan have put out a statement pointing out that their new coach was joking when he told a journalist he earned 14 million euros a year.
Families will be divided and bars will be filled with talk of nothing else this weekend when Everton host Liverpool on Saturday and the Milan derby takes place a day later.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been out injured for a month and a half, about the time Inter Milan had managed to flitter away an 11-point lead in Serie A.
It is hard to know when to say goodbye.
A footballer’s career is short and it can be tempting to play on as long as possible. But soccer is cruel and past achievements mean nothing when clubs plan for the future.