Mourinho speaks out on Zidane’s return to Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho
VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Valencia and Manchester United at Estadio Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho insists he thinks Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid as the manager is “perfect” for everyone.

The Portuguese coach had been reportedly in the frame to replace Santiago Solari as manager after leaving Manchester United in December.

Former Real president Ramon Calderon claimed that Mourinho was at the top of current-chief Florentino Perez’s shortlist, but was turned down due to “dressing room leaders” who did not want to deal with him again.

The 56-year-old previously coached Los Blancos between 2010 to 2013, where he won one La Liga, a Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de España.

Upon receiving such strong rejection for Mourinho, Perez turned to Zidane to make a return to Real despite only resigning nine months earlier upon winning a third successive Champions League trophy.

“I think it’s perfect given all the fantastic things he’s achieved in recent years. It’s perfect to me, perfect for Madrid and perfect for him,” Mourinho told El Chiringuito on Zidane’s appointment.

“It’s a great opportunity to prove just how good he is, mainly now with a new project. I think it’s fantastic. Let’s hope everything goes well.”

When asked if he’s disappointed, Mourinho replied: “No! what do you mean disappointed? No, I never said I wanted it or not. I said it’s perfect, for me it is.”

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“What explanation? I didn’t speak to anyone. What explanation do they have to give me?” said an irritated Mourinho before leaving.

Zidane took charge of his first training session on Wednesday morning at Real’s Valdebebas base along with his two assistants David Bettoni and Hamidou Msaidi.

The Frenchman will take charge of his first game back at Real on Monday in a home match against Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Currently, Los Blancos sit 12 points behind Barcelona in the standings heading into the final 11 matches of the season.


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