Does Mourinho want to get fired?



…The Real Madrid manager knows that he will have to negotiate his exit from the Bernabéu at the end of the season and he took advantage of his appearance before the media ahead of the visit of Málaga on Wednesday night to strengthen his hand and issue a warning: if Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, does not agree a settlement that suits both parties he could yet torpedo the club’s plans by announcing that he is staying after all. Madrid intend to replace Mourinho with Carlo Ancelotti.

Mourinho’s contract includes a clause that lays down a penalty in the event of the contract being broken unilaterally by either party. Although the figure is not public, it is believed to be in the region of €20m (£16.9m). Should Mourinho walk away, the club that sign him must pay Madrid that indemnity; should Madrid sack him, that fee would be due to Mourinho.

A return to Stamford Bridge now looks inevitable, especially with the interim manager, Rafael Benítez, on Tuesday giving the strongest hint yet that it would be Mourinho who replaces him in the summer. “You know that next year another manager will be here,” he said. “I think everybody knows who will be here. I have to concentrate on my job, it’s not my concern.”

Following Mourinho’s explosive press conference on Friday in which he pointed the finger of blame at the media and at Iker Casillas, polls showed that significant numbers of supporters believe he may be trying to provoke Madrid into sacking him. There is a familiarity about what sometimes appears a scorched earth policy.

Mourinho also responded to Pepe, who had accused his coach of showing a lack of respect to Casillas, the captain, last Friday, describing his words as “inappropriate” and for the first time gave a footballing explanation was to why he plays Diego López ahead of Casillas.

The Portuguese called the defender “frustrated” and noted sharply: “Pepe’s problem is easy to analyse: it’s called Varane. It’s hard to be a 31 year old and be steamrollered by a 19-year-old kid [Raphaël Varane] but that’s the law of life. There must be very few people who don’t think the future is [Sergio] Ramos and Varane.

“I have to have the legitimacy to decide: I am a football manager. I prefer López to Casillas. I like a goalkeeper who is good with his feet, who comes for crosses, who dominates his area. You all question me and I accept that but you have to accept that I am the coach, it is simple.”

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