Real Madrid job

Rafa Benitez: Jose Mourinho not right for Real

May 20, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Rafael Benitez has cast doubt over whether Jose Mourinho would be the right man to coach Real Madrid, despite his former rival making constant overtures to the Spanish club.

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Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he would love to work at the Bernabeu and ahead of Saturday's Champions League final has reiterated that belief.

"I want to go to Real Madrid, 100%. If I didn't get there, I would leave football with a void in my career.," Mourinho told Madrid-based newspaper Marca on Thursday.

"To get me to leave this club after two years of incredible work, only Real Madrid could achieve that. If I go, I will move with a clear conscience having changed the club."

Benitez has been touted as a possible candidate to replace Mourinho at Inter but the Liverpool manager, who worked with Real's youth and reserve teams earlier in his career, is unconvinced the Portuguese would be a good fit in the Spanish capital.

"I know Mourinho has dreamed a lot of coaching Real Madrid but I do not know if he is the right person to train Madrid," Benitez said.

"[Manuel] Pellegrini has done a great job and deserves great respect because he's still coach and it's not pleasant to hear talk about who's going to replace you."