Well it seems that the internal politics at Madrid have gotten so bad that Jose Mourinho has refused to say that he will be back to coach at the Bernabeu next season.
Speaking after last nights 1-0 Copa del Rey win over rivals Atletico Madrid Mourinho said:
“The world is full of rumours, but they’re not all true. Regarding my future, we’ll see what happens at the end of the season. Contracts aren’t the most important thing in football. If all the parties are happy at the end of a campaign, they remain together. If they aren’t, they don’t.”
Mourinho is involved in a battle of wills with Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano and President Florentino Perez that is reminiscent of his last days at Chelsea. At the heart of the feud is Gonzalo Higuain injury. Higuain is out for the season and Mourinho wanted Real to buy another striker this month as cover.
Valdano is reported to have vetoed that move, telling Mourinho that he should concentrate on using Kaka instead, a player that Valdano signed. Then Perez was quoted in AS this week saying:
“The problem is that the boss has caused a problem when one does not exist. Instead of enjoying the struggle with the league, the cup and the fantastic match against Atletico, they have gone into self destruct about whether or not a striker will be introduced to help for six months. This tension has caused bleeding and Real are now two wins away from overtaking the league leader [Barcelona].”
This is not a situation that Mourinho can or will win. Yes his request for another center-forward is legitimate and is something he has be asking for since August. But at Madrid the managers are an afterthought, it is all about the players and the President. Mourinho is changing that. The crowds at the Bernabeu chant his name, something unheard of for a Real Madrid manager in recent years.
I cannot see Mourinho managing Real Madrid next season, which will put Europe’s footballing elite on notice as he is still the best manager in football.