Mourinho To Leave Real Madrid In June; PSG Owner Chasing Guardiola For Next Season
Real Madrid coach José Mourinho "will not continue on the Real Madrid bench next season even if the club wins the Champions League," according to Miguel Serrano of MARCA. Relations between Mourinho and Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez "have broken down completely and are now practically inexistent." The Portuguese manager will negotiate his departure from the club in June. In private, Florentino said last weekend "Mourinho is cutting his own throat," and has often been heard criticizing the manager "as well as his difficult character" -- and Mourinho is "well aware of this." Both the club and manager "will try to reach the end of the season as amicably as they can," and they will negotiate Mourinho's departure in June, "above all bearing in mind that there are presidential elections, but the decision has already been taken." The "turning point" in the decision has been losing out on the league after only three months, and playing "much worse than last year" (MARCA, 12/3).
GUARDIOLA TO PSG: L'EQUIPE reported that Paris St. Germain owner Qatar Sports Investments is not satisfied with the team's progress this season and "a revolution is in progress." The team currently sits fourth in the Ligue 1 and coach Carlo Ancelotti as well as Sporting Dir Leonardo are on the hot seat. Sources close to the Qatari investor confirmed that "discussions with Pep Guardiola have taken place for his arrival in the summer." These same sources revealed that Guardiola "is opposed to the idea of joining PSG mid-season" (L'EQUIPE, 12/3).