Chilean Jiménez Feels “Almost Like A Ghost” In Inter and Considers Leaving
By Dialogo March 18, 2009Chilean soccer player Luis Jiménez says he feels "almost like a ghost" in Inter Milan, a club that the player plans to leave if his coach, the Portuguese José Mourinho, continues not to use him. "Sometimes, during training, I feel almost like a ghost. Really, I don’t understand the coach’s attitude toward me. Who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. But what is certain is that in training I always give my all and everybody recognizes this," said Jimenez in an interview published by the sports daily "La Gazzetta dello Sport." "I don’t want to live another year like this. But I don’t want to talk about the transfer market now. I don’t ever give up, I keep working hard, because I believe I can make my mark this season. The title has to be for Inter, and this is my only thought now,” he added. The Chilean, who has only started twice since last August, said he recently spoke with Mourinho about the fact that he doesn’t play him although he has recovered from last fall’s muscle injury. The player left the meeting feeling optimistic, but there has been no improvement since then. Jiménez explained that in January he thought about leaving Inter Milan because of the lack of playing time, but argues that those responsible for the club told him that he was needed for the team, so he dropped that idea. "I asked to leave. There are many offers; important clubs have stepped forward both in Italy and abroad. I was told, however, that Inter needs me, and that they were not even going to talk about it. Another thing that astounded me," says Jiménez. "Since then, in fact, my situation has inexplicably deteriorated even more," he added. The player, who does not understand the decision that led Mourinho not to play him, confessed that what makes him feel worst is not being useful to the team.