Will Jose Mourinho remain at Real Madrid past this season? Not even Mourinho's superstar seems to know.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he doesn't know whether Mourinho will stay in the Spanish capital following the 2012-13 season. Reports of dressing-room unrest and a possible Mourinho return to England have accompanied poor results in La Liga.
With 16 matches left in the Spanish league season, defending champions Real trail leaders Barcelona by 16 points. With each day, the pressure on Mourinho has seemed to increase.
Speaking to AS, Ronaldo said Mourinho will likely decide after the season where his future lies. The Press Association reports (via The Independent):
I don't know. I think he will continue until the end of the season at least, because he's a coach who always wants to win and we have several challenges ahead which we can achieve.
After that he will decide what's best for him, for his professional group and for the club. But I don't know what either he or the club thinks and therefore I prefer not to talk about this subject.
Mourinho, 50, has been linked with a return to Chelsea, the Premier League club he managed to back-to-back league titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06. According to Metro, Chelsea have already made inquiries with Mourinho, who has won the UEFA Champions League with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).
Real will face a stiff test in their quest for the European title when Manchester United visit the Estadio Bernabeu next week. Los Blancos also remain alive in the Spanish Cup, having drawn 1-1 at home to Barcelona last week in the first leg of the competition's semifinals.
The second leg is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Barcelona.
Mourinho has led Real to one league championship and one Spanish Cup title since joining the club in 2010. If Real miss out on silverware entirely this season, will Mourinho's time be up in Madrid?
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