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MADRID---Jose Mourinho will leave
Real Madrid at the end of the season
after three years at the Spanish club,
paving the way for his expected
return to Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach s final season
at Madrid has been blighted by divi-
sions and a lack of trophies, but he
is free to leave three years early from
his contract after the final match on
June 1 without any compensation
"To spend three years in a first-
division Spanish club is not easy---I
share his reasons for wanting to leave,"
President Florentino Perez said yes-
terday. "The level of pressure has
increased, so much that this is what
has happened now ... he may have made some
mistakes and asked for forgiveness, but the level
of pressure Mourinho has been under has been
Perez described that pressure in the Spanish
capital as "not normal."
"He is a very demanding and competitive coach
... this level has a degree of wear on a person,"
Mourinho will leave having won only a single
Spanish league title---sandwiched between four
Barcelona successes, including one this season---
and one major domestic cup. That league title in
2012 may have brought a record 100 points, but
he notably failed to deliver the club s tenth European
"This has been an insufficient season for us and
also for Mourinho himself," Perez said.
Perez said no replacement is lined up, with
Madrid blocked by Paris Saint-Germain from talking
to Carlo Ancelotti.
The agreement with Mourinho allows the colorful
and outspoken coach to return to Chelsea after a
six-year absence. He won t receive compensation
nor will the London club have to pay Madrid for
Rafa Benitez s interim stint in charge of Chelsea
will end after a postseason tour of the United States,
having secured qualification for the Champions
League and won the Europa League last week.
Popular with fans and media alike in England---
in stark contrast to his many fraught relationships
in Spain---Mourinho appears to have repaired his
relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
to make a return to Stamford Bridge.
"I know in England I am loved," he told a news
conference last month after Madrid was eliminated
from the Champions League. "I m loved by the
fans. I m loved by the media, which treats me in
a fair way. ...I know I m loved by some clubs, espe-
"In Spain the situation is a bit different because
some people hate me. And many of you are in this
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard can t wait for
Mourinho to return.
"He might rub people up the wrong way but,
as a manager, he s brilliant with his team. Tactically,
he s brilliant with individuals and I think he s
brilliant with the press," Lampard told Talk Sport
radio on Monday. "I know it creates a storm, but
he does protect his players."
Mourinho has endured an acrimonious final sea-
son amid discrepancies with some players and a
hostile fan base.
It was befitting of Mourinho s fractious time in
Madrid that he was sent off after furiously berating
the match officials in his team s 2-1 loss to Atletico
Madrid during the Copa del Rey final on Friday.
More often this season, he s been engaged in
disputes internally, creating enemies and weakening
The decision that enraged fans was dropping
goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the captain of Madrid and
Spain s world and two-time European champi-
onship-winning national team.
Mourinho leaves Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as
the club s longest-serving coach for a decade, how-
ever its jeering fans appear only too happy to see
him go. (AP)
Mourinho to leave Real
Madrid at end of season
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