Real reveal Jose will leave

Real Madrid have confirmed head coach Jose Mourinho will leave Estadio Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the La Liga season by “mutual agreement” (Chelsea 11/4 – Premier League outright winner 2013/14).

Club president Florentino Perez revealed in a press conference on Monday that the 50-year-old will see out the remaining two games of the season – against Real Sociedad and Osasuna – before leaving the Spanish capital after three years in charge.

“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end,” said Perez. “Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.”

“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end,” he added.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.

“The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.”

Mourinho’s deal was scheduled to run until 2016 after he had signed a contract extension following last season’s La Liga success.

The announcement paves the way for the Portuguese coach to make his return to Chelsea, the club he steered to a Premier League double before leaving for FC Internazionale Milano and guiding the Serie A giants to a historic Treble.

It also brings down the curtain on a successful but turbulent spell in the Spanish capital, in which he won the La Liga title, Copa del Rey and Super Cup.

Speaking after Friday’s 2-1 extra-time defeat by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey on home soil, Mourinho described this season as “the worst of my career”.

It follows his failure to win the club a coveted 10th European crown – Mourinho’s side lost 4-3 on aggregate to eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund in the last four – and the surrender of the Spanish domestic title to bitter rivals Barcelona (Borussia Dortmund 7/4 Bayern Munich 4/9 – To Lift The Trophy Champions League final).

Perez revealed there was no agreement in place to bring in an immediate successor to Mourinho.

“We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate,” he said.

“It’s something we’ll have to look at in the coming days.”

Los Blancos are now widely expected to turn their attentions to recruiting Paris St-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, who on Monday confirmed he had asked to leave the Ligue 1 champions.

PSG’s Qatari president Nasser al-Khelaifi said: “He asked to depart for Real Madrid. It is not possible because he has a contract for one year more, so that is our decision.”

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