Exit rumours are 'nonsense', says Mourinho

It had been reported that the Portuguese had agreed to leave Real Madrid in the summer but the 50-year-old has denied such claims

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has moved to deny reports that he has agreed a deal to leave the club in the summer.

The 50-year-old has long been linked with a Santiago Bernabeu exit amid rumours of a rift with captain Iker Casillas and vice-skipper Sergio Ramos.

And while the former Inter coach has admitted that it is hard to be Portuguese in Spain, he was quick to emphasise that he has no plan to leave at the season’s end.

“That’s nonsense,” he told RTP1.

“I have agreed or signing nothing to leave Real Madrid. The group at Real Madrid are as good as any other that I have had.

“I don’t read the Spanish press, I don’t watch Spanish television. It’s hard to be Portuguese in Spain. Nothing affects me, nothing disturbs me, nothing motivates more than my own drive.

“I never felt that being Portuguese was either positive or negative in England or Italy.”

Madrid face Galatasaray in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and while Mourinho feels there is plenty of competition in Europe this season, he believes his side can claim the trophy.

“We can win the Champions League,” he added. “There are at least five candidates to win the Champions League.”

The former Porto boss went on to discuss the life of a coach, and while he is happy about how his career so far, he admitted there are draw backs to the job.

“You can be the best coach in the world at some point, but that doesn’t make a career. My career is long and I’ve had success.

“I wasn’t at home for my son’s birthday. I had a game in Granada. There are some moments you miss. If I wasn’t a coach, I would be a teacher. I’m a good husband, a good son, a good friend, a good father.”

Mourinho’s rivalry with Barcelona goes back to his days at Chelsea, and while he feels his record against the Blaugrana has improved of late, his sides were hindered by the number of red cards they received.

“With Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid we played against Barcelona several times with 10 men. Barcelona have doubts about us now that they did not have two years ago.”

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