Monday 14 October 2019

Mourinho hints at exit to club where everyone loves him

Jose Mourinho has dropped the strongest hint yet that he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season following their Champions League semi-final defeat.

Mourinho's future has been the subject of much speculation after a poor league campaign that sees them lie 11 points behind rivals Barcelona with five games left.

When asked if he would remain in the Spanish capital for next season, he replied: "Maybe not. I don't know, but I want to be where people love me to be."

He has been linked with a return to Chelsea, who he managed from June 2004 until September 2007. The 50-year-old left west London after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich, but remains Chelsea's most successful manager with two Premier League titles and three domestic cup wins.

Mourinho added: "I know in England I'm loved. I'm loved by the fans, I'm loved by the media that treats me in a fair way, criticising me but giving me credit when I deserve it.

"I know I'm loved by some clubs, especially one, and in Spain, the situation is a bit different because some people hate me. Many of you are in this room."

Mourinho said he will not discuss his future until the end of the season: "I want to try to win the (Spanish Cup) final; I want to try to finish second and at the end of the season; I want to sit in front of Florentino Perez – my president, my friend – and decide the best for me."

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