Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has conceded defeat in the race for the La Liga title while distancing himself from the manager’s role at Paris St Germain.
It has been a tumultuous season so far at the Bernabeu, as Real have failed to keep pace with Barcelona’s record breaking start to the season, while reports in Spain suggesting Mourinho is also at odds with several club directors and members of his playing staff.
The “Special One’ is expected to leave Madrid this summer, with return to the Premier League or a move to big spending French side PSG as his most likely destinations.
An in-depth interview with Mourinho will be broadcast on French radio station RMC Sport this afternoon, but Spanish newspaper AS published several key points of discussion on their official website in advance.
Mourinho told RMC Sport:
“The La Liga title is impossible now, there is too big a gap. We have to focus on other goals like the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
“It does no good to obsess over these things, obsession only makes things more complicated. Nothing will be easy. We need to stay calm and make the most of every opportunity.”
PSG have struggled to dominate Ligue 1 this season despite heavy investment in the playing squad, with star names Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi being drafted in by head coach Carlo Ancelotti and director of football Leonardo.
Mourinho believes the capital club will prove to be a force to be reckoned with, both at home and abroad, but rejected suggestions he could replace Ancelotti in the summer.
“No, I don’t think I will coach PSG,” he added. “The success of PSG with Ancelotti and Leonardo means they have no need for another coach. I hope everything goes well for Carlo and PSG. Europe needs to have a city like Paris competing at the top level of football, and I think this project is going to work.”