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Madrid president dismisses Mourinho for now, backs Benitez

Real Madrid president dismisses possibility of signing Mourinho, continues to back Benitez

Madrid president dismisses Mourinho for now, backs Benitez

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club has no intention of replacing coach Rafa Benitez with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

In an interview with Spanish radio, Perez didn't dismiss signing Mourinho again, but reiterated that "Benitez is not the problem, he is the solution."

Perez says "no one can know the future, but right now (Mourinho) will not come to Madrid."

Madrid has been in crisis since a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey for using an ineligible player in a match against third-tier club Cadiz.

Pressure on Benitez increased after the team's 1-0 loss at Villarreal last weekend, a result that kept Madrid from gaining ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:24 GMT+08:00