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Jose wishes Madrid 'much happiness'

June 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has wished the club "much happiness in the future" as he nears the moment of his exit from the Bernabeu.

Jose Mourinho
AssociatedMourinho will farewell the Bernabeu on Saturday.

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Madrid faces Osasuna in their final La Liga game of the season with Mourinho able to sign-off in front of the club's home fans.

The former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager has enjoyed much success in the Spanish capital, able to break Barcelona's domestic dominance with a title triumph last season, while the Portuguese won his first piece of Madrid silverware in 2011 with the Copa del Rey.

But in recent times, Mourinho has courted controversy at the club, dropping Madrid captain Iker Casillas to the bench before criticising the World Cup winner in the media – viewpoints that have often been met with scorn inside his own ranks.

However, with only 90 minutes left in his Madrid career, Mourinho hopes the club will only continue to grow and reap more success.

"I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future," he said. "I appreciate the support of lots of fans and respect the criticism of others.

"Once again, a lot of happiness to everyone and, above all, good health. Hala Madrid!"

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.