Mourinho: Why I Asked To Leave Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho: Why I Asked To Leave Real Madrid
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about his time in charge of Real Madrid, and revealed why he "almost had to beg" to leave the Spanish giants.
The Portuguese tactician, who left Los Blancos in 2013 after three years in charge, has now explained that, rather than the club getting rid of him, it was, in fact, he who asked to be relieved of his duties.
"To be honest, with (Real's) structure, they wanted me to stay, they didn't want me to leave," he said, according to the Daily Star.
"Everybody in the club, president, CEO, the board, myself, and we all felt after the years I was there that the difficult part of the job was done and they wanted me to stay.
"In fact, I almost had to beg to let them let me go. I don't think that, at United, is going to happen, because I don't want to go.
"Real Madrid, for me, was really something that I wanted to do. It was something I had a chance to do twice before and didn't.
"And on the third time, I don't think you can say 'no' three times to such a club. I wanted to go and win the title in Spain, but it was not for me to stay.
"I was not in love with my life there. I wanted to come back to England and, in that case, to Chelsea."
Mourinho won three trophies during his time at Real, including the La Liga title in the 2011/12 campaign.
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