Real Madrid to Manuel Pellegrini: It's Over

Cristian SireraContributor IMay 19, 2010

MALAGA, SPAIN - MAY 16:  Head coach Manuel Pellegrini of Real Madrid gestures during the La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda Stadium on May 16, 2010 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini will not be Real Madrid's coach after today. It is virtually a done deal, after the Chilean was seen in Castellon Tuesday, the place where he lived while coaching Villarreal.

Pellegrini spent the day in Castellon, meeting with his lawyer. He also went to a bookstore in Benicassim, a town nearby, to buy a book by Arturo-Perez Reverte, presumably to enjoy during his oncoming summer vacation.

Some witnesses said he even had time to sign a couple of autographs before getting in his car and heading back to Madrid, where he will sign the termination of his contract.

It did not matter that Raul or Casillas said they wanted the Chilean to stay, or even that Pellegrini managed to achieve a record-breaking 96 points for Los Blancos in La Liga.

Florentino Perez wants Mourinho, and Mourinho will be the one to come.

Pellegrini is expected to earn 2.5 million euro as a settlement amount for ending his contract earlier than negotiated, which is change compared to the 40 million euro Mourinho's contract is supposed to be worth between signing fee and salary.

At the same time, the rumors about a possible return of Pellegrini to Villarreal to coach his old team keep building, even though Villarreal's president Fernando Roig recently announced a one-year contract extension for Juan Carlos Garrido after ending seventh in La Liga.