Mourinho hints at Real exit
© AFP

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

Mourinho's future has been the subject of much speculation after a difficult La Liga campaign that sees Madrid lie 11 points behind arch rivals Barcelona with five games remaining. The Portuguese coach 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."

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.

Mourinho admitted in his post-match press conference: "I know in England I'm loved. I'm loved by the fans, I'm loved by the media that treats me in a fair way, criticising me but giving me credit when I deserve it.

"I know I'm loved by some clubs, especially one, and in Spain, the situation is a bit different because some people hate me. Many of you are in this room."

I like the club, I like the president, I need to be honest and fair and at the end of the season I speak.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho

Mourinho, who has also managed at Porto and Inter Milan, added he will discuss his future at the end of the current campaign. Madrid take on city rivals Atletico in the Copa del Rey final next month and Mourinho is focusing on closing the season on a high.

"I didn't make a decision because I have a contract. But more than a contract, because in football contracts you break it when people want to break, is the respect I have for the club and the respect I have for the president," he said.

"That's why I want to play the final, I want to finish the season, I want to try to win the final, I want to try to finish second and at the end of the season I want to sit in front of Florentino Perez - my president, my friend - and decide the best for me. I like the club, I like the president, I need to be honest and fair and at the end of the season I speak."