Mourinho: No way I'm leaving
Jose Mourinho has released a statement dismissing reports he is set to resign from his role as Real Madrid manager.
It had been suggested Mourinho could step down as Real boss amid suggestions he was unhappy over the backing he has received from the club but the Portuguese, who was made the club's head of football operations this summer, has strongly denied the accusations.
He said: "Only those who don't know me can dream, make up or believe I may leave Real Madrid at this stage. I believe many people were surprised by the quality football showcased by Real Madrid during the preseason and it would be surprising news to them if I left the club now. Impossible!
"I have a fantastic president who is very intelligent and with whom I have a great friendship. I also have a director general who works for the club 24 hours a day, so my motivation is enormous and my Madridismo is even greater than that of some pseudo-Madridistas. There is no way I'm leaving. No way!
"I also wish to apologise to Madridistas, and only to them, for my attitude in our last game. Some people are better adapted to the hypocrisy in football than I am, and they hide their faces and speak in whispers deep inside tunnels.
"I'm not learning to be a hypocrite, and I don't want to. Best wishes to all. We'll see each other tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium."
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