Jose Mourinho to leave Real Madrid

Blancos president Florentino Perez has confirmed the Portuguese coach is set to end his three-year spell in La Liga following a trophy-less season in the capital

Jose Mourinho will leave his role as coach of Real Madrid at the end of the current season, the club have confirmed.

President Florentino Perez revealed at a press conference that the Portuguese’s time in charge at the Bernabeu is coming to an end by mutual agreement once the 2012-13 season has reached a conclusion.

The announcement comes after a disappointing spell saw Madrid knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals and suffer defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, while Barcelona celebrated La Liga glory.

“The club and manager believe the time is right to bring our relationship to an end,” said Perez.

“I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work over the last three years. The team has improved over his time here and I would like to wish him all the best.

“Everything is relative. From where we have come, we have taken a big step but we were lacking a little extra.

“The achievements of this season have not been sufficient for the demands of a club such as Real Madrid or a coach like Mourinho.

“Every coach has his personality. Has he made mistakes sometimes? Sure. He himself has recognised that, but the level of pressure he is under is not normal. There have also been times when he has passed the limits of what is normal.

“The time is right to go our seperate ways and once again I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.”

Perez admitted the subject of Mourinho’s future has been on the club’s agenda for some time, but insisted a final decision has only been reached now.

The president also stressed there is no agreement in place for his replacement despite suggestions Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has already agreed a deal.

“We have come to this decision just now, although its something that has been at the back of our mind for some time,” added Perez.

“We have no pre-contract signed with any manager. This is something we have to look at over the coming days.”

Once the league season has reached its end, the outgoing Mourinho is expected to return to England in the summer and take over at former club Chelsea.

Atletico give green light for Falcao exit

Following their qualification for the Champions League, general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin has reiterated that the club will not stand in the striker’s way if he opts to leave

Atletico Madrid general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin has stated that any decisions attacker Radamel Falcao will make regarding his future will be backed by the club – even if it means allowing him to leave.

The Colombia star has scored on 28 occasions during his 33 appearances this season, heavily contributing to Atleti‘s third-place finish as well as securing the Copa del Rey trophy.

And the club’s owner has now revealed that the Colombian forward has been given the green light to decide over his future, amid speculation linking him with Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City as well as Ligue 1 financial behemoths Monaco.

“Before the start of the season, we spoke with Falcao,” Marin told reporters in Singapore.

“We promised if he helps us to qualify for the Champions League, Atletico will support all his decisions.”

Atletico currently enjoy a 10-point cushion over fourth-placed Real Sociedad ahead of their final two Liga matches this season, ensuring their participation in next season’s elite cup competition.

Trapattoni backs Benitez for Napoli post

The Italian coach believes the Spaniard would be an excellent substitute to take over the reigns from Walter Mazzarri at the San Paolo

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni feels Rafael Benitez would be an “excellent choice” to succeed Walter Mazzarri at Napoli.

Mazzarri revealed his desire to take on a new challenge after the Partenopei‘s final game of the Serie A season, and the club has been linked with a move for freshly-crowned Europa League winner Benitez, who is preparing to leave his interim post with Chelsea. 

“Benitez would be an excellent choice, because he has experience and ability,” former Bayern Munich coach Trapattoni told reporters.

However, the Spaniard’s agent, Garcia Manuel Quillon, has insisted there has not yet been an approach from Napoli regarding his client’s services, although he admitted the Serie A giants would be a tempting destination.

“I can say that Napoli is considered a large club, has steadily improved in recent years, [so] we do not exclude anything but can confirm nothing,” he told Napoli Network.

“The future is still uncertain, we will see.”

Hummels denies Barcelona contact

The Borussia Dortmund defender has revealed that the Blaugrana have not yet approached him in order to secure his services

Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels insists he has not been contacted by Barcelona over a possible move this summer.

The former Bayern Munich man has reportedly sparked the interest of the Catalan giants, who are looking to bolster their options in central defence after a number of injury problems this season.

But the Germany international, who said in April that he would be open to a Barca switch, has now revealed that the Liga champions have not yet come forward with a concrete offer.

“There has been no contact, neither with Barcelona nor with any other clubs,” the 24-year-old told Kicker.

“Should these rumors become a reality at one point, I will talk about it. And when I say now, that there isn’t any truth to them, people should believe me.

“It’s not my duty to cool off rumours other people have made up.”

Regarding BVB’s upcoming Champions League final against Bundesliga rivals Bayern, Hummels feels the teams are in for a heated encounter, although he does not believe spectators will witness a scoring fest on May 25.

“It’s going to be extremely intense. I couldn’t imagine that there will be a lot of goals at Wembley,” he opined.

Neymar: Campeonato defeat was not my last game for Santos

The striker has stated that he intends to carry on playing for the Brazilian club despite continued reports linking him with a summer switch to Barcelona

Neymar insists he has not played his final game for Santos as speculation mounts over a move to Barcelona.

The Brazil starlet has long been linked with a summer switch to Camp Nou, with negotiations between club officials reported to have taken place at the end of last week.

However, the 21-year-old has reiterated his desire to see out his current deal with Santos, and is adamant that Sunday’s Campeonato Paulista final defeat to Corinthians will not be his last game for the club.

“I’m happy here. I have already told you. Unless I die this game [against Corinthians on Sunday] is not my last game,” he was quoted as saying by Globo Esporte.

“If people are saying other things, then they know more than I do. Many people say what they want without knowing anything. But this is how things are.”

The international striker’s agent and father has also stressed last week that his son will stay with Santos until they are informed by the club that they are willing to sell him.

However, vice-president Odilio Rodrigues Filho stressed that a deal was not yet in the offing despite having held discussions with the Bluagrana hierarchy while on a personal visit to Madrid.