But for a team enjoying so much success, the Real Madrid season has been overshadowed by rumors of Jose Mourinho returning to the Premier League and of striker Gonzalo Higuain heading to Manchester City.
So at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game with APOEL, the Special One took aim at the Spanish media for all these rumors saying:
“If you want me to comment on false front covers then forget it. You (the press) want to destabilise the squad. Last week I had signed for City, Iker Casillas was going to Schalke, Higuain to Malaga..”
Real’s director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno also insisted Higuain was going nowhere.
“Rumours seem to be inevitable but we are delighted with Higuain. He’s scored 24 goals in 20 league games.”He is a world-class striker and we intend for him to stay here many years.
“He arrived here very young and we regard him as a club player. He has always behaved impeccably, whether he plays or not.”
With the collapse of Manchester City’s title hopes in the last months, the chatter has intensified that Mourinho was heading to Manchester to replace Roberto Mancini, although he denies that is the case.
I cannot see Mourinho heading to City. He wants to replace Fergie at Man United, and he knows if he takes the City job he will never get the opportunity to manage England’s biggest club.
The Higuain to City rumors I believe have some validity as I expect Sergio Aguero to return to Spain this summer and for Higuain to be part of a cash-plus-player bid by Real Aguero.