What’s been coming for a long time is now official. Jose Mourinho’s three-year tenure at Real Madrid has a finish line. He will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.
Madrid’s president Florentino Perez confirmed in a press conference today, “The time is right to bring our relationship to an end. Nobody has been sacked, it is a mutual agreement.” Perez also added a token of appreciation, saying, “On behalf of the directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for his hard work over the last three years.”
Mourinho will remain in charge for the club’s final two Primera Division matches against Osasuna and Real Sociedad.
Because the “Special One” has mutually agreed to terminate the contract, he is forgoing the €20 million ($26 million) compensation clause in the event he was sacked. The club also forgoes a clause of the same amount paid to them in the case Mourinho left for another club.
Perez said that Mourinho leaves without any pre-contract agreement currently in place with another club. He has been heavily linked with a return to English giants Chelsea, where he managed for a successful yet tumultuous 2 seasons.
Linked with Madrid to replace him has been the likes of PSG head Carlo Ancelotti, although the French champions have recently said they will not agree to release Ancelotti from his contract there. Current lame duck Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has also been in the mix.
Mourinho called this season at Real Madrid the “worst of his career” thanks to their finishing second in the Primera Division standings, being knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals, and most recently losing to Atletico Madrid in the finals of the Copa Del Rey, during which Mourinho was sent off. Real did win the Supercopa de Espana this year, which pits the previous season’s champions against the previous season’s league cup champions, much like the Community Shield of the Premier League.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.