March 3, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson thinks Jose Mourinho could stay at Real Madrid
The Red Devils boss is ready to face Real on Tuesday and he believes "The Special One" could stay at Madrid after all. After Real's poor season in La Liga, in which they are only 3rd, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona, it's been much speculated about Mourinho's future. Ferguson thinks he might stay at Madrid because he still has a two-year contract to fulfill.
"You see all these things on Mourinho but he's got two years left on his contract," Ferguson told reporters. "Everyone assumes he'll leave but I heard that last year, too. I'm not certain he'll leave.
"Maybe it's possible because there's no smoke without fire and I'm sure that clubs would love to take him. He's given me no indication. I don't know how they can replace someone like him, anyway. I think he's done a great job there.
"A reasonable assessment of his time at Real Madrid has got to be countered with how good Barcelona have been. They've been an exceptional team.
"Would you really want to let a good coach like that go? I don't think [Real Madrid president Florentino] Perez would want that. So what you are reading about Chelsea and all the rest - I just think it would be difficult for Jose to leave Real Madrid because he's at the top."
Ferguson admitted their clash in the Champions League could decide Mourinho's future with Los Blancos.
"I wouldn't know how they'd react to going out," he continued. "They have that Spanish mentality and have changed their manager that many times over the years.
"For Jose and for Perez and the supporters, the European cup is going to be really important for them this season, there’s no doubt about that."