José Mourinho refuses to commit future to Real Madrid

Portuguese coach says he will make a decision over his future at the Bernabéu at the end of the season

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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jose mourinho

José Mourinho has offered no guarantees that he will remain as Real Madrid coach next season amid reports a rift with the club’s director general Jorge Valdano.

The Portuguese manager, who only took over at the Bernabéu in the summer, says he will wait until the end of this campaign before making a decision over his future.

“The world is full of rumours, but they’re not all true,” said Mourinho on Thursday. “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.”

Earlier, Valdano had played down the rumours of a disagreement. He said: “There are no problems between Mourinho and I. He is our coach, the man who must lead us to triumph, and the team is proving to be very competitive under him.

“It’s all about being better each season and we are better now than we were in the previous campaign. We expect to keep this up.”

Mourinho has been looking to sign an additional striker in January to replace Gonzalo Higuaín after the Argentine was ruled out for most of the season with a back injury that required surgery.

However, the Madrid club are yet to enter the January transfer market despite being linked with winter swoops for both Ruud van Nistelrooy and Carlos Tévez.

Mourinho’s side, who host Real Mallorca at the Bernabéu on Sunday, currently lie four points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table.

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