Speculation Intensifies After Mourinho Sacking
Real Madrid coach Santi Solari says he isn’t worried about rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a return to the Bernabeu.
Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday by Manchester United, but rumours are linking him with a return to the club where he was head coach between 2010 and 2013.
Solari recently signed a contract as manager of Real Madrid until the end of next season. But speaking in Abu Dhabi where Real are preparing for their Club World Cup semi-final clash with Japanese side Kashima Antlers, the former defender brushed off the suggestion of a return for Mourinho.
“How would I be worried about rumours or speculation about Real Madrid?” Solari said.
“It happens every day, it is just part of our reality. I feel the same as when I arrived here to work as a coach, and further back as a player. That is to give everything in my job every day, that is my way of viewing football.”
Mourinho’s time at the Bernabeu suffered with dressing-room tensions in particular between him and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. There was a split with factions developing between the club’s Spanish speakers and those who spoke Portugese.
Much of the squad who were at the Bernabeu at that time have moved on. One player who remains is defender Marcelo and he was non-committal in his views over a return for Mourinho.
“It [Mourinho’s sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” he said. “It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”
Madrid take on the Antlers this afternoon. It’s a repeat of the 2016 Club World Cup Final which Real won 4-2. The winners will face Abu Dhabi side Al Ain in the final.