[QODLink]
Football

Mourinho still playing it coy over future

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho - who is being linked to Chelsea - says he is neither 'sad or unhappy' at Bernabeu.

Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 16:11
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Mourinho says he has a good relationship with Real Madrid president and sporting director [AP]

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Friday admitted that reported comments claiming his future lay away from the Spanish club were accurate but denied that he was "sad or unhappy" at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Earlier this week, press in Spain widely reported comments by Manuel Alvarez, the president of CD Canillas, a club from the north of Madrid where Mourinho's son is a player.

Alvarez claimed that during a chat with Canillas coaching staff on Monday, Mourinho announced he would not be in Madrid next year to take part in the annual meeting.

At his Friday press briefing ahead of Real Madrid's Liga clash with Betis on Saturday, Mourinho verified the comments - but encouraged reporters not to read too much into them.

"The best thing for us right now is to beat Betis, get to the Champions League final and win the Copa del Rey final, and then after that we can discuss what is best for everyone"

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

"I can confirm that, when I was asked if I would be here next season, I said, 'I don't think so.' I said that I didn't think I could be there for next year's meeting," said the Portuguese.

"I am neither unhappy nor sad at Real.

"I have already said that my relationships with the president (Florentino Perez), with Jose Angel Sanchez (the sporting director), with the club, were good," he continued.

"Normally, when you get to these situations, there are problems between the club and the coach but here that is not the case because we get on.

"The best thing for us right now is to beat Betis, get to the Champions League final and win the Copa del Rey final, and then after that we can discuss what is best for everyone."

Madrid face Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final next week and will face city rivals Atletico in the Copa del Rey final next month.

Throughout the course of his third season at the club, Mourinho has continually insisted that his future would not be decided until the close season.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach is under contract until 2016.

However, last week, Spanish daily El Pais claimed that Chelsea had made an offer to Mourinho in March in a bid to tempt him back for next season.

The paper added that Mourinho had not yet signed anything because of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's refusal to hand him full responsibility for player recruitment.

446

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
Part of the joint accord aimed at ending the political impasse establishes an independent National Election Commission.
Rights groups say the US prosecution of terrorism cases targets Muslims and are fraught with abuses.
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
join our mailing list