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Calderon: Mourinho likely to leave for PSG

Jose Mourinho is likely to swap Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to former Bernabeu president Ramon Calderon.

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The ex-Real chief believes that Mourinho's confrontational style has unsettled players and staff at the club and is to blame for their poor showing in the Primera Division this season, where they lie 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona.

"Real Madrid have a problem with Jose Mourinho's attitude," he told talkSPORT. "We are not used to a coach who complains about referees, UEFA and injuries. It's something I don't like. We are used to talking about what's happening on the field.

"It seems he's going to leave and it looks like he's off to Paris Saint-Germain. He says he's going to stay but I don't think so. Things have gone too far and Real Madrid are not willing to accept any more of his behaviour.

"Some of the players, mainly the Spanish stars, are not happy with this sort of behaviour. They are not used to it. They don't like the attitude.

"I have always said it is the president's [Florentino Perez] fault. Jose Mourinho isn't cheating anyone. He hasn't changed how he is, he's always behaved like that. Wherever he's been he's acted in the same way. When Perez signed him he knew what he was getting.

"When I signed Cristiano Ronaldo I was dealing with Jorge Mendes, who is an agent for them both, and he kept talking to me about the prospect of signing Mourinho. I thought the same then as I do now, in the history of Real Madrid we've never seen a coach act like Mourinho does."

Calderon also talked up the club's interest in signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham, claiming the Welsh attacker is the kind of player that would interest any team.

"I think he is a fantastic player," Calderon said. "He is one of those players you would always like to have in your team.

"It's true we have spent a lot of money in the last three or four years but I think we are in a position to pay the money they are going to ask for.

"There is always a limit but Real Madrid is in a very healthy situation, economically speaking, so it would be in the position to sign him.

"I'm sure it will be a high amount of money because he is a fantastic player. A lot of clubs would like to have him."


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