Real Madrid news

Mourinho: No sabbatical

December 5, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says that if he does leave the club this summer he will not follow former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola's lead in taking a year out of the game.

Jose Mourinho has done nothing to play down speculation that he could leave Real Madrid this summer
GettyImagesJose Mourinho has done nothing to play down speculation that he could leave Real Madrid this summer

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Spanish paper Marca has been reporting this week that Mourinho will leave Madrid in June as his relationship with club president Florentino Perez has deteriorated amid ongoing battles with journalists, fans, players and other staff at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

According to a report in AS on Wednesday, Mourinho was asked about his future by a Dutch TV station after Tuesday's 4-1 Champions League Group D win over Ajax.

"If I go, it will not be to be on holidays for a year," Mourinho responded. "I will work. If not here, it will be somewhere else. It could be anywhere. Maybe in Holland."

Mourinho also reacted with humour when asked by a French TV reporter whether he might replace the currently under-pressure Carlo Ancelotti as Paris Saint Germain manager.

"What I have read in the Spanish press is that Ancelotti will take over at Madrid," joked the Portuguese. "So it must be one or the other: either we work together or we swap jobs."

When the journalist persisted with questions about whether he saw Paris as a future place of work Mourinho replied: "Yes, to play Champions League games."

Guardiola, currently enjoying his promised year off in New York, has been regularly linked with many of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, but neither he nor his agent have given any hints to his future destination.