By the time you are reading this article, the press conference being set up by Real Madrid for 19.00 hours GMT will probably have started, so to save you the wait, I can tell you that it has already been agreed by the two parties that Mourinho can leave this summer. The stumbling block previously has been that he has another year left on his contract, so sacking him would cost Real Madrid about £5.5m. They obviously want to avoid that, but they also know that Mourinho is desperate to leave and go to Chelsea, so a compromise deal has been put in place, whereby he can leave on the 3rd June after the last two La Liga matches have been played, but there will not be any compensation paid.
Mourinho has been touted for a return to Chelsea for most of this year and results at Real Madrid have not been at the level expected. Indeed, the miserable performance in the Copa Del Rey against their Madrid rivals, Atletico, merely underlines the paucity of the performances Real have produced this season, having lost the league title by a landslide to Barcelona.
It has long been a mystery how Real Madrid and Barcelona have managed to make massive transfer deals year on year, especially since 2008 when the financial crisis hit around the world. Of course, we now know that countries in Southern Europe were particularly badly hit by the crisis, so it has always seemed a little strange that football clubs in those countries are still able to mount massive transfer bids. The clubs themselves point to their financial results, which appear to defy the plight of the rest of their country. However, having scrutinized their accounts for the last three years, both Real and Barcelona appear to paint a rosy picture, whilst the reality is that current debt levels are €590 million at Real Madrid and €578 million at Barcelona. Also, they both receive half of all the television deal money, whilst the rest of La Liga has to share the rest! How can that be Financial Fair Play?
Spanish giants Barcelona go into Tuesday night’s Champions League round of 16 second leg clash with AC Milan, with the Italians and history to beat if they wish to reach the quarter finals of Europe’s premier club competition.
After their subdued display in the first leg at the San Siro two weeks ago, they find themselves two goals behind thanks to an impressive team display by the Rossoneri. Barcelona also drew a rare blank in front of goal as their much-vaunted attack all failed to hit their usual heights.
With the two goal deficit and no away goal in the bag, the Catalans must become the first club in the competitions history to advance through the knockout stages after overturning such a position.
This great Barcelona team has broken many records and set the bar to levels rarely met before in world football and should they be able to vanquish AC Milan, this new achievement would be another to add to the ever-increasing list of milestones.
For the second time in five days the Castilians of Real Madrid defeated FC Barcelona Catalans 2-1 in the El Clásico (rivalry game played between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona). Thr rivalry is more than another soccer match for the players and fans of both sides—it also has significant political implications.
While Madrid's dual victory over Barcelona has done very little to prevent the Catalans from claiming the Spanish league title, it has boosted Madrid’s confidence going into its critical Champions’ League play at Old Trafford on Tuesday. (It is worth noting, Madrid remains 13 points behind Barcelona in La Liga).
More than boosting Madrid’s confidence, the loss was a huge blow to Barcelona’s psyche, as it has now lost 3 of its last 4 games. Much of Barca’s flaws have now been exposed. Barcelona's defense has conceded a goal in each of the last 13 games. The team’s one bright spot, Lionel Messi (the reigning FIFA Ballon d' Or winner) is Barca's one true constant. Messi has now extended his Spanish league scoring record to 16 straight games, and has scored 18 career goals in ''El Clasico'' matches.
Real Madrid Rumours: Florentino Perez And Arsene Wenger Joining Forces Would Be Football's Ultimate Odd Couple
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and embattled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, could form football's ultimate odd couple this summer. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, Perez wants Wenger to replace Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.
It is not a new rumour that Perez wants Wenger in La Liga. He has tried to get the Gunners chief to take over Los Blancos twice before. However, the idea of Wenger joining forces with Perez remains as intriguing as ever.
In terms of the footballing philosophy and traditions of Real, Wenger would be an excellent choice. He demands the kind of stylish, expansive and attacking football Perez is so enamoured with. However, the two men represent polar opposites in the philosophy of squad building.