Jose Mourniho, Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg
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After the game, Jose Mourinho was asked if he planned to stay at Real Madrid and where he would go if he left the La Liga club.
“Maybe not - I don’t know,” Mourinho responded. “But I want to be where I love to be where people love me to be.”
“I know I am loved in England. I am loved by some clubs, especially one,” he added.
"I want to think about my future at the end of the season," Mourinho said. "Obviously I like to be where people love me without reservations, where I have support from everyone. But what matters is Madrid. They are much more important than me."
"I have not made a decision yet because I have a contract. So that is why I want to play the Copa del Rey final, finish the season, finish second in La Liga and at the end of the season I will talk to Florentino Pérez, my president and my friend, and we will decide what is best."
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"I know that in England I am loved by the fans and by the media, which treats me in a fair way – criticising me when they have to but giving me credit when I deserve it. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one, and in Spain the situation is a bit different because some people hate me - and many of you are in this room."
"It is difficult to make a decision because I like the club, I like the president and we made a fantastic team that is ready to achieve big things. So it is hard but I need to be honest and fair and at the end of the season we will speak."
To date, Mourinho's three-year tally at the Bernabéu includes two Copa del Rey wins and one record-breaking league title. Mourinho has now won the league in Spain, Italy, Portugal and England.
Mourinho has had confrontations with Madrid's popular captain Iker Casillas who reportedly may leave R Madrid with other key players if "the special one" continues as boss.
Real Madrid have a Copa del Rey final upcoming against city rivals Atletico Madrid. However, the La Liga title was virtually conceded to Barca before Christmas and, with Madrid trailing by eleven points, the Catalans may tie up the title this weekend.
"Madrid had a period of not even reaching the quarters, losing credibility and losing their status as a seed. Now we have recovered that and reached three semi-finals," Mourinho continued. "But Madrid doesn't live off the 'almost' and nor do I. These are three great seasons economically for the club and for prestige too, but Madrid have not won the competition and they have to. When? I don't know. If it's with me, perfect. If not, fine.
"My culture is not being satisfied with not winning the competition. No. No, not at all. But every person who has ever been at Real Madrid, even if it was only for one day, will always say that it was worth it. They will always be able to say: I was at the biggest and most important club in the world."
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