Real Madrid players have been reported to have rejected Jose Mourinho before the club re-appointed Zidane as manager.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that the club’s players ‘rejected the possibility’ of ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho returning to the Bernabeu.
The 56-year-old was sacked by United in December before reports had linked him to Real, only for Zinedine Zidane to instead agree on terms today.
Mourinho managed Madrid from 2010 to 2013 and most notably led the team to a La Liga title win in the 2011/12 season. But his time at the Bernabeu became increasingly bitter as players including current captain Sergio Ramos were part of a revolt which played a part in Mourinho’s exit.
This is something which led to speculation that Ramos would attempt to leave Madrid if reports suggesting Mourinho was set to return came true. Instead, legendary manager and player Zidane has replaced Santiago Solari, according to reports.
Calderon has since revealed that the Real players stopped any chance Mourinho returning to the club.
“It’s a good choice. The other one was Mourinho,” Calderon told Sky Sports. “But I think in the last few days the leaders of the dressing room have pushed to reject that possibility.
“He left here with a lot of problems. I think he would have been another problem added to the ones we already have. First of all it’s good to have him (Zidane) back as a coach.”
Mourinho came back to England and managed Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2015 shortly after leaving Real. He also won the League Cup in his return to Stamford Bridge.
But another acrimonious departure saw him end up at the Red Devils in 2016. Success followed Mourinho once more with the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League attained before he yet again he left a club quickly among a backdrop of discontent.
Calderon added on Mourinho: “He was very controversial when he was here. Half the fans were divided. I think he is a good coach and has a lot of trophies in his career but it’s a problem. Many of the players, particularly the leaders of the dressing room, didn’t like him. So that has been important in the decision to convince Zidane instead.”