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Jose Mourinho: “Only a madman would leave Real Madrid”

The Portuguese coach responds to rumours that he could replace Carlo Ancelotti

SS Lazio v AS Roma - Serie A TIM Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images

Former Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has given a rare interview to the Italian TV channel TG2, in which he spoke about recent rumours that he might replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Could I go to Real Madrid?” Mourinho asked himself. “When you have a super coach in Ancelotti, why would you think about anyone else? Knowing Don Florentino Perez, and I do know him very well, he is a super intelligent man. If you read the papers, he has some very clear ideas.

“As a Madridista, a man who has a few Blancos ribs in me, and as an Ancelotti fan, I hope the season goes fantastically well and that next year Carlo is still there, because he is the perfect coach for Real Madrid.Mourinho also praised Sánchez, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in world football. Sánchez has been working at Real Madrid since 2000, and has been instrumental in the club’s success, both on and off the pitch. Mourinho said he learned a lot from Sánchez during his three-year spell at the Bernabéu, and that he still maintains a close friendship with him.

Mourinho dismissed any speculation that he could return to Real Madrid in the future, saying that he is fully committed to Roma, but did praise his former club even more, and when asked whether or not Ancelotti should go to coach Brazil, he made it clear that leaving Real Madrid is a mistake.

“I think only a madman would leave Real Madrid when he is still wanted. And that madman was me, the only one who after three years with a President who still wanted me, and Jose Sanchez too, I decided to leave.

“I am certain that at the first sign from Florentino, Carlo will remain, because he is perfect for Real Madrid and Real Madrid are perfect for him.”

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