Jose Mourinho attempted to shut down talk of a Real Madrid comeback as the pressure continues to grow for Zinedine Zidane.
Things hit a new low for Zidane on Wednesday when Real went crashing to a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. It seems to have given Florentino Perez lots to think about, with rumours going about claiming he’s eyeing up Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach is currently biding his time waiting for the ideal opportunity to make his managerial comeback. So, he’s since restorted to taking up punditry work in the meantime.
Although the Spanish press seem to think Mourinho won’t have to wait long after all, with Zidane’s job allegedly under threat.
But the 56-year-old, who previously led Real to La Liga glory during a three-year stint, instead tried to respectfully play down the speculation.
“Talking about my name is what I don’t like,” Mourinho told Deportes Cuatro.
“I would not like to train Real Madrid because they already have a coach. And that’s it, you can’t train a team who already has a coach.
“I speak with respect for a coach who is there and is a huge individual in the history of Real Madrid.
“I’m not a person of nonsense. I would like things to go well and everything will calm down.”
Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, made a huge claim on Friday in stating that Xabi Alonso could end up replacing Zidane.
The former Los Blancos midfielder currently coaches Real Sociedad B after leaving Castilla earlier this year. Apparently, Perez is a big fan of Alonso’s due to his great character and tactical know-it-all.
Despite only winning two of their opening four La Liga matches, however, Real are still third in the standings. They will head over to meet leaders Sevilla on Sunday, where victory could take Zidane’s men to the top of the standings.