Jose Mourinho's Hints at Joining Chelsea Are Disrespectful to Real Madrid

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Real Madrid  head coach Jose Mourinho looks on during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at estadio Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The morning after a scintillating Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, one would expect the headlines to be dominated by the action on the field.

Yet instead of devoting column inches to a Los Blancos comeback attempt that almost induced several heart attacks among BVB's staff, all attention has been focused on the man who loves attention focused on him: Jose Mourinho.

In a post-match interview with ITV, the Portuguese manager did not announce his attention to honor a contract that would keep him at Real Madrid until 2016. Instead, when asked if he will be at Madrid this season, he replied: "Maybe not," before adding "I want to be where people love me to be."

Were it not for ITV's preference to show advertising over a world exclusive interview, The Special One may have elaborated even further on his plans to draw a line under his time in Spain. Later in the evening, however, he made his comments more explicit by saying: "I know I am loved in England. I am loved by some clubs, especially one." (via The Guardian)

It didn't take long for the British press to join the dots and presume that Mou was dropping his heaviest hints yet of a second coming at Stamford Bridge.

While The Guardian state that no deal is in place, CNN's Tancredi Palmeri tweeted a list of players that Roman Abramovich has already promised the man he fired in 2007:

Abramovich promised to Mourinho, in this order: 1) Falcao; 2) Di Maria; 3) Moutinho; 4) Pepe.

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 30, 2013

This is all very exciting for the media—and Chelsea fans who are pining for the return of the man who delivered the club's first league title in 50 years—but there is a problem with Jose's hinting: it is disrespectful and unprofessional.

Mourinho's crack at delivering 'La Decima' (the much-anticipated tenth European Cup) may be over, but Madrid still have five league games remaining in his campaign, three of which are at home. They still have the opportunity to win silverware in a Copa del Rey final against city neighbours Atletico Madrid on home soil.

With a potential trophy and over 13 percent of the campaign remaining, why is Mou talking like both the season and his commitment to Los Blancos are over?

If he perceives the Madrid fans to dislike him, how are they going to feel with the manager being so explicit that his future lies elsewhere?

Mourinho's desire to leave, after all, seems to stem from the damage Madrid supporters have caused to his ego. In January, he expressed his bewilderment at being booed by home supporters for the first time in his career.

Before December's home victory over Atleti, Mou came onto the field at the Bernabeu 40 minutes before kick off to let fans get the jeers out of their system before the players came onto the field. The result was a surprising amount of cheering and chanting, but his actions were a clear indication that the fans had hurt his feelings.

He may feel that Madrid's faithful are being particularly unreasonable in the season following a record-breaking league win—and his achievement of three consecutive Champions League semifinals following a long period of failing to reach the quarters—but his lack of professionalism in disclosing his future plans is teeing up an unpleasant departure.

Regardless of his feelings about his treatment from fans, players and the board, Mourinho should be focused on delivering results on the field, rather than paying so much attention to his personal career path. He is a commodity to a team designed to herald trophies. If he under performs at any club in the world—Cheslea included—he will be jeered.

Even if he delivers maximum league points and a Copa del Rey trophy this season, Mourinho's departure will be tainted by the unceremonious way he has handled things.

This writer, for one, wouldn't want to be The Special One when he stands on the touchline for the final game of the season against Osasuna on June 1st.


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