Mourinho Exit Certain, Real Seek Successor
Jose Mourinho’s departure for Chelsea from Real Madrid is virtually assured after reports from France on Sunday claimed Paris Saint-Germain have refused to give permission to former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to speak to the Spanish club.
Mourinho has just endured what he described as “the worst season of his career” as Real meekly surrendered their La Liga title to arch-rivals Barcelona amidst rumours of dressing-room discontent. On Friday, the Portugese coach was sent to the stands as Real were defeated by Atletico Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.
“My desire is to leave the club,” Ancelotti said at an awards ceremony on Sunday.
“I asked the club to leave. We will expect the response of the club, which will take a few days to decide.”
However, PSG sporting director Leonardo said the French side would refuse Ancelotti permission to speak to Real.
“What happened is that Carlo has been asked by Real Madrid,” said Leonardo.
“We want to keep him. He has a year left on his contract with us. No decision has been taken. ”
Mourinho’s future is expected to be decided before the final round of matches in La Liga take place on Sunday 1 June.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle says he has played his final game for the club. The 22-year-old is the subject of a £21million bid from Chelsea but has been told he can’t move until Bayer find a replacement.
“I assume this was my final game for Bayer,” Schurrle said after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hamburg.
Bayer had hoped to do a deal which would have seen Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne move on a two-year loan deal but the Belgium international wants a move to Borussia Dortmund and is said to have agreed a five year deal with the club.
“We are working on alternatives,” said Bayer sporting director Rudi Voller. “And if we get one of the alternatives, we will do it. ”
Update on Mourinho and Ancelotti. Marca newspaper in Spain claims Mourinho could be sacked this week while PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi suspects Ancelotti already has a pre-contract agreement with Real.
“I was asked in March for an extension of his contract, but then Real Madrid arrived. I really believe there is a pre-contract with Real,” he said.
“I do not think that Real will venture to sign a contract with Carlo. If they do, there will be a legal problem ”