He was one of Mourinho's top targets of last summer's transfer window but opted to sign a new contract at the San Siro instead after negations with Manchester United arrived at a deadlock.
Paul Pogba has urged France not to let an opportunity to win the World Cup pass as Les Bleus booked their place in Sunday's showpiece with a 1-0 win over Belgium .
"They have managed to integrate their individual qualities into the collective" and never give up even when they are exhausted, he told the Jutarnji List newspaper, adding that "this is not a common trait with us".
In early June, a mini-World Cup was organised for children attending football schools in Belgrade. The two teams had already secured qualification for the round of 16 before that encounter. To avoid offending any Serbian sensitivities, the children in that team had to wear blank white t-shirts. "Aren´t you ashamed Novak?"
'They may have hit a fence in the semi-final but they can learn to jump the next one as a group'.
"The only thing that stands in our way of achieving the World Cup is France, again" said Ivan Skoko, 25, who was born in Canada but lived in Croatia in 2014.
"I supported Russian Federation, that is my right". They want to win.
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That opinion is by no means shared by everyone.
England's valiant World Cup campaign came to an end on Wednesday night with a disappointing extra-time defeat to Croatia that can be blamed on a mixture of tiredness and inexperience - both mentally and tactically. I'm sure that we'll recover and we'll be fine - this is the World Cup final and there are no excuses. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength.
Croatia are united behind manager Zlatko Dalic at Russian Federation 2018.
The call that ended Dalic's nomadic seven-year journey came last year, when Croatia had a game remaining to salvage qualification.
"Politics aside, hats off to you, neighbours!" The national team was forced to play a European Championship qualifier against Italy in an empty stadium in Split in June 2015 because Croat fans had thrown flares on the field during a match against the Azzurri at Milan.
He saw it as part of a "gradual warming of relations" between Croats, Bosnians and Serbs.