Jorge Valdano: Mourinho return talk hard to believe

Jorge Valdano: Mourinho return talk hard to believe


Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano says he finds it hard to believe the club would want to sack Rafa Benitez and replace him with ex-boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese is available again after being sacked by Chelsea last week having overseen a run of nine defeats in 16 Premier League games to leave them in a relagation scrap.

And talk in the media has suggested Real president Florentino Perez could bury the hatchet with Mourinho and hire him back after losing patience with Benitez, who many believe has lost the dressing room.

But Valdano, who left Los Blancos in 2011 after losing a power struggle with Mourinho, told El Larguero radio show that Los Blancos should opt for stability rather than take action any time they lose a couple of games.

“It’s hard for me to believe, hard for me to understand. I know Madrid are going through a difficult period but the idea that there must be action every time there is a crisis is not the most advisable. This idea of constant movement is the worst solution possible,” he commented.

And he called on Real to give Benitez time to implement his methods.

“Benitez came in with his methods, his way of doing things. That cannot be done in four months, it needs more time. I do not know if Rafa Benitez will stay or will go, but if he leaves, he will be the least responsible for everything that has happened.

“He is a coach with experience, methods we all know, with a big Madridista feeling, with his own very special way of seeing the game. He needs an adaptation period, so that a team like Madrid can see what the coach wants.”