Jose Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid leaves no obstacles to his appointment as Chelsea boss.
Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid will part ways by mutual consent at the end of the season after the club finished second in La Liga and crashed out in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League to Borussia Dortmund.
Club owner Florentino Perez revealed the news at a press conference this evening, in which he thanked the Portuguese boss for his efforts as coach and wished him all the best for the future.
“We have decided to bring our relationship to an end at the end of the current season,” said Perez.
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end.
“On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work over the last three years. The team have improved in the last three years and we wish him all the best.”
Mourinho won a Copa Del Rey, one La Liga title, and the Supercopa de Espana in his three year spell in the Spanish capital and on his trophy record alone, he will be an immensely attractive proposition for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
However, Mourinho does come with a great deal of controversy, and it is that and perhaps the short termism he can be criticised for at some clubs (he has a poor record of bringing through youth players, for example) that may have led Sir Alex Ferguson to choose David Moyes to succeed him at Manchester United instead of the now former Real Madrid manager.
Mourinho is widely expected to return to coach Chelsea for the second time, having previously been in the role from 2004 – 2007.
“Maybe the next manager will have some experience here too, so I do not need to give him any advice,” said Rafa Benitez not particularly this week, all but confirming Mourinho’s arrival.