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“Mourinho thought I was crazy to leave Real Madrid”

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Jose Mourinho created one of the most powerful Real Madrid sides in recent history, although he couldn’t manage to win the Champions League.

The highlight of Mourinho’s tenure at Real Madrid arrived in 2012 when they won La Liga ahead of Pep Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona side.

Hamit Antiltop was part of that strong Real Madrid generation and left just before the league-winning 2011/12 campaign.

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MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 03: Hamit Altintop of Galatasaray takes on Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 3, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

The competition was fierce in that team, which affected Altintop in many ways.

Talking to Marca, he addressed the issue, saying:

“Are you crazy? You want to leave Real Madrid? It is not possible, but how can you think that?,” Altintop opened up about his conversation with Mourinho at the time.

“Real Madrid was very important to me, it was a decisive step in my career. I love the club, the city, the president, but I couldn’t go on (there).”

Altintop also added that the huge competition put him in overdrive in training.

This resulted in injury further on, and it’s understandable from this perspective why Altintop decided to leave the club.

With the recent turn of events, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mourinho returned to Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane is struggling mightly since his return to Los Blancos.

The team is trailing behind Barcelona, despite Blaugrana’s slowest start in the league for years.

As an addition, Madrid are also struggling in the Champions League where Galatasaray put them in an uncomfortable position, but Courtois played his perhaps best match in white shirt keeping them alive.

Real Madrid will now have a week’s rest as El Clasico was postponed to December 18.