Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho says he would welcome the chance to be reunited with Chelsea midfielder Deco.
The Portugal international, who has been strongly linked with a move to Inter, revealed on Thursday he wants to quit Chelsea following an indifferent first season in London.
Deco has done little to quell speculation about a proposed move to the Italian champions, hinting he would like to play under his compatriot at the Giuseppe Meazza and that Inter have already approached his employers.
The self-proclaimed 'Special One' has now intensified rumours of a move for Deco by claiming he would relish the chance to coach the ex-Barcelona star once again.
"I would be very satisfied to work with Deco again," he told Lusa. "I remember the good moments we had together, the good work we did and the victories we obtained.
"I helped Deco grow, but it was with players like him that I became the coach I am now.
"If it is possible for him to come to Inter and for us to work together again it would be something wonderful for both of us."
Following Deco out of the Stamford Bridge exit door could be centre-half Ricardo Carvalho, after he too expressed a desire to again work under Mourinho.
Like Deco, the accomplished Carvalho made his name with Mourinho at surprise 2004 UEFA Champions League winners Porto, before following his mentor to Chelsea.
And he has refused to rule out a third spell under the Inter chief: "I would love to be coached under Mourinho again.
"The majority of trophies I have won were with Mourinho. At Chelsea there is a new cycle happening so we will see what happens."