Ex-Brazil Star Reveals An Old Mourinho Text Message
Ex-Brazil Star Reveals An Old Jose Mourinho Text Message
A former Brazil international has revealed a message that Jose Mourinho once sent to his phone about Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas, with whom the Portuguese manager once had a very public spat.
Former Selecao goalkeeper Julio Cesar played under Mourinho at Inter Milan, where he and the Portuguese got along very well until the manager left in 2010.
Three years later, after winning the 2013 Confederations Cup final against Spain, Cesar picked up the trophy after swapping shirts with opposite number Casillas – a goalkeeper Mourinho had just had a fallout with at Real Madrid at the time.
Cesar has now revealed that Mourinho teased him about swapping shirts with Casillas as the Portuguese believed it should have been the Spaniard paying tribute to the Brazil stopper, not the other way around.
"When I got to the dressing room, I saw a message from Mourinho on my cell phone," he said during an interview with Selecao Sportv.
"'You're crazy, it's Casillas who would have to put on your shirt and not you,' it read.
"And he told me that with only one arm I stopped more than Casillas."
At the time, Mourinho and Casillas' fallout was still fresh, and Cesar said he advised the Spaniard to try and talk things out with the Portuguese.
"Iker went to the dressing room to talk to me and I told him to have a discussion with Mourinho, which is difficult, but he had to face it," he added.
"Mourinho likes to go face to face with the players who are considered stars in the teams that he coaches."
Casillas' time at Real was never the same after his fallout with Mourinho, and he ended up leaving the club in 2015, two years after the Portuguese boss left.
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