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Monday May 20, 2013

Coach Mourinho Set to Leave Real Madrid Three Years Before Contract Ends

Coach Mourinho Set to Leave Real Madrid Three Years Before Contract Ends

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Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after the final two matches of the La Liga season, club president Florentino Perez said Monday.

“We both have decided that this is the right moment to treat this relationship as finished,” Perez said during a press conference at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The Portuguese manager, who joined the Blancos in 2010, still has three years left on his contract.

Perez thanked Mourinho for his efforts and wished him success “in his new phase.”

Real Madrid does not have anyone lined up to replace Mourinho, Perez told reporters, though he acknowledged that the club asked permission from Paris-St. German to approach Carlo Ancelotti about the job.

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to the 2011 Copa del Rey championship - won over archrival Barcelona - and to the 2011-2012 La Liga title. The Blancos also reached the Champions League semifinals three times with the Portuguese coach at the helm.

This season, described by Mourinho as “a disaster,” saw Real Madrid far outpaced by Barça in La Liga and defeated in last Friday’s Copa del Rey final by their much poorer neighbors, Atletico Madrid.

Forbes magazine ranks Real Madrid as the world’s wealthiest soccer club, with an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.