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Date: 14 December 2018

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Is Mourinho disillusioned at Real Madrid?

[Posted 20 Jan 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Will Mourinho remain at Real Madrid, or will he leave Spain for England?

There are reports emanating from Spain which suggest that one of the world's most successful soccer coaches Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid is unhappy with the conduct of his club's executive, and that the 'Special One' is planning a summer exit from the club.

AS, a Spanish newspaper speculates that Mourinho has been frustrated over the past few weeks by the conduct of his superiors at Madrid whom, it is alleged, the Portuguese coach feels that they have either interfered with his job or have not been supportive enough.

Apparently the former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach requested the Bernabeu club to purchase an additional striker during the January transfer window, which the club does not seem to have approved. 

What riled Mourinho further is the club's delay in finalising contract talks with key defender Pepe, who is in danger of being lured away from the Bernabeu, if Real Madrid does not tie up a deal  with him before end of the transfer window.

The Real coach is in favour of adding Fernando Llorente of Atletico Bilbao to his Galactico squad. The striker unfortunately for Mourinho, remains at his current club, and the transfer window is coming to an end very soon. 

To exarcebate the situation, General Director Jorge Valdano made comments about the Special One's decision to only use Karim Benzeama from the bench for the weekend draw at Almeria.

The remarks did not sit down well with Mourinho.

Tensions had already been reported between the two way before te weekend post match comments, and the situation is reported to have deteriorated after the Almeria match.

Mourinho, who won back to back titles in England and Italy with Chelsea and reigning UEFA Champions Inter-Milan respectively, will not be short of suitors should he choose to dump Real Madrid after this season.

Even though no date has been confirmed for Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, it is believed that Manchester United prefer Mourinho to succeed the great Scotsman when he retires from football coaching.

Mourinho himself has expressed his desire to move back to England after his spell in Spanish football. Liverpool is one other option, and the Special One has been constantly linked with the Liverpool job. Manchester City are also known admirers of the Portuguese coach.

Valdano has however moved swiftly to deny that his weekend comments were aimed at the coach.

 "You have interpreted my words as a message to the coach and I have done very bad things when it has been something that was never my intention and never intended," Valdano told Marca.

"Mourinho has to drive us to achieve the greatest possible gains to be better than last year and hope to continue in this vein.

"Do not look for anything unusual. We have the logical relationship between a CEO and the first team," the General Director added.

Team captain Iker Casillas also decided to join in and sing the chorus that Mourinho is going nowhere in the summer.

"Jose Mourinho wants to stay and Real Madrid wants him to stay," Casillas told Onda Cero.

 "I can say this as I'm the captain.

"We have a young team and he knows in the long run this will pay off. He loves the city and he loves the club. We know that Madrid has to achieve more right now. But remember, we're a young and new-look team," Casillas added.

Mourinho is known not  to tolerate any form of interference from the executive. It is for that reason that he left Chelsea after clashes with owner Roman Ibrahimovic.

If indeed there is interference and a breakdown of relations with the club CEO, for how long will Mourinho stomach it? Thats the question that can only be answered at the end of the season.

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