Amid Monday's speculation in Spanish media that Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, Sir Alex Ferguson said Monday that Mourinho would be capable of stepping into his shoes at Manchester United.
"He can manage anywhere, absolutely. I'm not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club. I won't last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that," Ferguson told ITV4, stopping short of saying Mourinho would replace him.
Citing sources within Real Madrid, the Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday reported that Real president Florentino Perez and Mourinho have agreed on a deal that would see Mourinho exit at the end of the season.
Mourinho, who has come under fire from supporters this season following Madrid's slow start to the domestic season which has enabled arch-rivals Barcelona to establish an 11-point lead, would not address the rumors Monday.
"I don't have to tell you when I speak with the (club) president nor the details of our conversation," Mourinho said. "Ask the president if he is happy with me. I don't have any problems, but I am not going to be feeding this situation."
Mourinho won back-to-back titles with Chelsea during his highly successful three-year spell between 2004-2007, after having led Porto over Manchester United in 2003 Champions League play. He has been linked to other clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, but has denied the rumors.
"The only thing I'm thinking about regarding PSG is the fact they could face us in the Champions League," Mourinho said during Monday's Champions League press conference ahead of his team's match vs. Ajax Tuesday.
Madrid is five points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid despite Saturday night's 2-0 victory.
During an interview for a documentary set to be screened on Monday, Mourinho states that he wants to win the Champions League with an English club, according to reports.
"In my career everything was perfect. The only thing I didn't, and I hope I can do it one day, is to win a Champions League with an English club," Mourinho said in the interview, which was published in The Guardian. "Nobody puts pressure on me because I put pressure on myself."
Mourinho was jeered by sections of the crowd in last Tuesday's Copa del Rey defeat of Alcoyano, prompting the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss to offer supporters the chance to vent their frustration by arranging to come to the side of the pitch 40 minutes before the Atletico game.
The reaction was mixed but with less than 5,000 fans inside the Bernabeu at the time, it offered little indication as to how the majority were feeling.
"Both Mou and Florentino Perez believe the Portuguese's cycle on the bench at the Bernabeu is exhausted and that the current situation cannot continue beyond June 30," Marca reported Monday, citing sources within the club.
Marca, known for its links with the Real club, reported Monday that Perez has become concerned by a number of incidents this season.
Marca cited three incidents, including that in which Sergio Ramos put on Mesut Ozil's shirt under his own after the German was substituted at halftime of a game against Deportivo La Coruna.
Marca also cited the public spat with Alberto Toril, boss of the reserve side Real Madrid Castilla, over young talent.
Mourinho accused Toril of focusing too much on results rather than trying to produce young players for the first team.
Information from Press Association was used in this report.