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Bookmakers: Mourinho leaves Real Madrid by mutual
By Andrew Scott Monday, 27 May 2013 09:55
Sports bookmaker services saw that there was plenty of speculation that the 50-year-old Portuguese manager would leave the club, and he was heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea, who are looking for a replacement for Rafael Benitez.
During a press conference on Monday, Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed that Mourinho will leave the club after their season’s final match.
“The time is right to bring our relationship to an end,” Perez said.
Mourinho joined Real in 2010, after finishing the treble with Inter in the 2009-10 season. Bookmakers saw that in 2011he won his first trophy with the club, when they defeated arch-rivals Barcelona 1-0 in the Copa del Rey’s final.
A year later he guided the club to a first La Liga title in four years, obtaining 100 points in the process.
Despite domestic success, Mourinho has fallen short in three attempts at the UEFA Champions League, falling at the semi-finals each time, including this season’s 4-3 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Even though in 2012 Mourinho broke Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga, bookmakers saw that during his tenure he had a testing relationship with some members of the squad, and was especially criticised for overlooking goalkeeper Iker Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez.
Regarding a possible return to the Premier League, Mourinho previously stated: “I know I am loved in England, I am loved by the fans and the media.
“They treat me fairly. They give me credit when it is due and criticise when it is deserved.
“I am loved by some clubs, especially one. In Spain it is different, some people hate me.”
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Sports bookmaker services remember that during his stint at the club, Mourinho led Chelsea to two Premier League titles, and was also a winner of two League Cups and an FA Cup, so many bookmakers believe that he might fit right in again.