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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Jose Mourinho drops strongest hint he may leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal look from the bench before the start of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal look from the bench before the start of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Jose Mourinho has dropped the strongest hint yet that he may leave Real Madrid at the end of the season following their Champions League semi-final defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

Mourinho's future has been the subject of much speculation after a poor Primera Division campaign that sees them lie 11 points behind arch rivals Barcelona with five games remaining.

The Portuguese has consistently skirted the question regarding his future, but when asked if he would remain in the Spanish capital for next season, he replied: "Maybe not."

He added on ITV1: "I don't know but I want to be where people love me to be."

Mourinho's comments will almost certainly put more than one Barclays Premier League club on alert.

Manchester City and Chelsea have both been mooted as possible destinations in the past for Mourinho who managed the Blues from June 2004 until September 2007.

The 50-year-old left west London in acrimonious circumstances after a falling out with owner Roman Abramovich although Mourinho remains Chelsea's most successful manager with two Premier League titles and three domestic cup wins.

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