Jose Mourinho denies wanting to quit Real Madrid


Jose Mourinho has dismissed a report in Spanish paper Marca that he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Portuguese coach has been jeered by the club's fans following a slow start to the campaign that has seen the reigning Spanish champions fall 11 points behind Barcelona after 14 games. The report said the relationship between Mourinho and Real president Florentino Perez had become "exhausted" and "cannot continue beyond 30 June". Mourinho said: "I am not speaking about this. There's no story".

Marca, which is a newspaper known to have strong links with Real, published the story under a picture of a broken heart. Marca said that president Perez believes Mourinho is "committing suicide" after the Portuguese chose to appear at the side of the Bernabeu pitch to hear the frustrations of supporters 40 minutes before Saturday's 2-0 win over second-placed Atletico Madrid in the Primera Liga. Mourinho replied in a press conference: "I came on the pitch before kick-off because I prefer for people to protest at me before the match starts."

Perez is also reported to be concerned over Mourinho's relationship with star defender Sergio Ramos, who put on Mesut Ozil's shirt under his own in a move that the Spanish defender claimed was showing support for his team-mate but was perceived by the media as attempting to undermine his manager. Mourinho added to that speculation as Ramos was later dropped. Mourinho also had a public disagreement with reserve-team coach Alberto Toril, accusing him of focusing too much on results rather than producing players for the first team.

When asked whether he was leaving at the end of the season, Mourinho said: "Speak to your colleague about it, the one who has written the story. Organise a meal with that person. I am not saying a single word." Mourinho then said that he had a "good relationship" with Perez and that he would not comment further on the story because he did not want to add to it.

The manager then had to answer questions linking him with French side Paris St Germain, saying: "The only thing I'm thinking about regarding PSG is the fact they could face us in the Champions League. An assistant of mine is going to watch PSG play Porto on Tuesday. One will be first, the other second in their group. They are both possible adversaries in the last 16." Real have qualified for the last 16 in second place in Group D behind winners Borussia Dortmund, who host Manchester City in their final group game.

Real Madrid face Ajax in the Champions League tonight, here are the odds from Bet365:

Real Madrid win - 3/10
Draw - 9/2
Ajax win - 9/1

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