Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho Denies Exit from Spanish Capital

Adrian AgiusAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 1: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid CF claims to the referee during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Following a turbulent week, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has put to rest any rumours linking him to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu. 

According to Marca (via, Mourinho has laughed off suggestions he is set to depart from the Spanish capital, saying:

Am I leaving Real Madrid? There's no truth in this story. I do not want to say anything more about it.

Ask [club president] Florentino Perez whether he's satisfied with my work. There is no problem. I don't have to tell you guys what I discuss with the president.

The comments come after Marca (via Eurosport) also revealed a decision had been made to see the Portugese manager depart at the conclusion of the current season. The article suggests that tension between Mourinho and club president Florentino Perez is the catalyst behind any apparent departure.

Such speculation was compounded when it was reported by Eurosport that, as recent as last week, Mourinho, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, met with Sir Alex Ferguson in a Salford hotel. Reports of the meeting only fueled allegations that Mourinho was discussing a potential move to United following the reign of Ferguson.

While it seems that—for now—any move by "The Special One" away from Madrid won't occur until at least the end of the season, the question still remains, who would Real Madrid bring in to replace Jose Mourinho if he left?

You can bet your bottom dollar that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola won't be in the market for the job...and other than Pep, there aren't many top class coaches floating around. 

During his time at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho has brought the La Liga title, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana to the Bernabeu. While taking the league title off Barcelona's hands proved a great achievement, Mourinho hasn't been able to capture a much desired Champions League title with Los Galacticos.

This season, Madrid have secured qualification into the knockout phases of the Champions League, but already lie 11 points adrift of league-leaders Barcelona. If previous reports are anything to go by, it would seem that these latest comments may only prove to be a small twist in an ongoing saga.