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Jose departure will leave club prez Perez in hole

Jose Mourinho’s possible departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season would leave club president Florentino Perez in a tricky position as he seeks an adequate replacement for the man he has constantly lauded as “the best coach in the world”.

Obsessed with winning the 10th continental crown that has eluded Real since 2002, construction magnate Perez hired the controversial Portuguese at great expense in 2010 after he led Inter Milan to the Champions League title.  

After Tuesday’s elimination from Europe’s elite club competition by Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho dropped his strongest hint yet that his time in the Spanish capital is drawing to a close.

Mourinho’s negative Spanish image has been many. Those included sneaking up behind Tito Vilanova, then assistant Barca coach, during a brawl and poking a finger in his eye, continual complaints about refereeing bias, ugly clashes with journalists and Real officials and dark hints that Barca get favourable treatment from governing body UEFA.

He has also sidelined club captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, a hero to many supporters.
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