Jose Mourinho has cooled reports suggesting Frank Lampard will join him at new club Internazionale after suggesting the Chelsea midfielder will not make the move for another 12 months.
Lampard, 30, has been strongly linked with a move to the Italian champions where he would again link-up with his former Stamford Bridge mentor.
The speculation has intensified following new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's decision to bolster his midfield with the capture of Deco from Barcelona.
But although suggesting Lampard will join Inter, Mourinho claims the move is likely to take place in 12 months' time when the England international will be out of contract and available on a free transfer.
"This season? I don't think so," the Portuguese coach told The Sun.
"Why won't he? Well, it's not because we don't want him to, but I'm sure Chelsea and Chelsea's officials don't want to sell him.
"However for the next season it will be easier for him to join me at Inter.
"I'm 100 per cent sure in 2009/2010 he will be playing here."