After three years in charge of Spanish giant Real Madrid, the Los Blancos have announced that their Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 50- year- old Portuguese won the league and the Spanish Cup during his three- year reign at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, he has been linked with a return to Chelsea FC of England.
At a packed news conference on Monday, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed the decision.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end,” Perez said. “Nobody‘s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.”
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end,” Perez added.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.
“The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.”
Real currently ranks second, 13 points behind Barcelona in the league and lost the Copa del Rey final to city rivals Atletico Madrid last Friday.
In each of their three seasons under Jose Mourinho, they’ve failed to make it past the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Los Blancos, as they are fondly called have two games left this season. They are away at Real Sociedad on 26 May, and Mourinho takes charge at the Bernabeu for the final time on June 1 against Osasuna.
Mourinho’s deal was scheduled to run until 2016 after signing a contract extension following last season’s League triumph.
An agreement has been made on his exit now; with fellow former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti expected to replace him, after the Italian expressed his desire to make the switch to the Bernabeu.
However, Perez denied a replacement had been lined up to take over from Mourinho.
“We have no pre- contract signed with any managerial candidate,” Perez said.
“It’s something we’ll have to look at in the coming days.”
It is Mourinho’s failure to win any trophies this season which appears to have prompted his untimely departure from Madrid- the Portuguese labeling this season ‘the worst of his career.”
The former Benfica, Uniao de Leiria and Porto boss Mourinho left Inter Milan for Real in 2010 after guiding the Italians to the Champions League crown, replacing Manuel Pellegrini as manager.
In his first La Liga season, he finished second- four points behind Barcelona- then clinched the title a year later, amassing a record 100 points in the course.
Unfortunately, this season Mourinho has cast a sulky figure, falling- out with established players such as Iker Cassilas, Sergio Ramos and recently Pepe, while Barcelona marveled to the title.
He was sent out of the dugout in last Friday’s Copa del Rey final defeat to Atletico Madrid for protesting a referee’s decision, while in April, his side were ruthlessly outclassed by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinal clash. Afterwards, he hinted at a return to England (supposedly Chelsea).
“I know in England I am loved,” he said. “I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.”
Throughout his tenure at Stamford bridge, Mourinho won 124 of his 185 games in charge- including a 60- game unbeaten run at home in the league before surprisingly leaving the club in September 2007.
During his three- year spell at Chelsea, he won two consecutive Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.