Madrid - Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after
coming to a mutual agreement with the Spanish club three years before
the end of his contract, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.
Portuguese's imminent departure will add fuel to widespread expectation
he is poised to return to former club Chelsea, while Perez confirmed
Real had approached Paris St Germain to ask about the availability of
"After the talks with our coach Jose Mourinho we
have reached the agreement to end the contractual relationship at the
end of this season," Perez told a news conference at Real's Bernabeu
"Both the club and the coach agree that it is the right moment to end this relationship."
added Mourinho would not be getting a payoff and that although
Ancelotti was on the club's list of replacements, he was not the only
"We have not agreed any pre-contract with any coach.
That is a job for the next few days," Perez said. "It is not an issue we
will resolve tomorrow."
Mourinho, 50, joined Real after leading
Inter Milan to the Champions League title in 2010. He agreed to extend
his contract with the La Liga club to June 2016 in May last year.
had hoped Mourinho, whom he has often referred to as "the best coach in
the world", would help the club win the 10th European crown that has
eluded them since 2002 and end the dominant run of arch rivals
To help realise his dream, construction magnate Perez
splurged more than €400 million of the club's money
on players, including a world record 94 million on Mourinho's compatriot
However, after three seasons Mourinho's haul
of major titles is one La Liga and one King's Cup, a hugely
disappointing return for the world's richest club by income.
last Real coach to be given three terms or more at the helm, current
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque between 1999 and 2003, won La Liga titles
in 2001 and 2003 and Champions League titles in 2000 and 2002.
season, which Mourinho last week called "a disaster", Real failed to
defend their domestic league crown as Barca eased to a fourth title in
Real were eliminated in the semi-finals of the
Champions League for a third successive season and lost to city
neighbours Atletico Madrid in the King's Cup final.
and outspoken Mourinho has also alienated many traditional Real
supporters with his treatment of club captain and goalkeeper Iker
Casillas, a hero to many fans and a fixture in goal for
more than a decade, has barely played since returning from a broken
hand, Mourinho preferring Diego Lopez who was brought in from Sevilla as
cover in January.
Divisions in the dressing room burst into the
open in recent weeks when Mourinho's compatriot Pepe publicly defended
Casillas and was left out of subsequent games, including last week's 2-1
defeat by Atletico in the Cup final.
Mourinho has been whistled
by a significant section of the Bernabeu crowd when his name has been
read out before recent matches, while Casillas has been roundly cheered.
poor season reached a low point in the Cup final when Mourinho was
dismissed from the bench in the second half of regular time for
protesting a decision by the referee and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo
was later shown a straight red card for kicking out at an opponent.