Chelsea interim-coach Rafael Benitez on Tuesday suggested that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho would be replacing him at Stamford Bridge next season. The Spaniard
also confirmed that there was no prospect of his own tenure being extended. “You know that the next year, there’ll be another manager here,” he said. “I think that everybody
knows who will be here. It’s not my concern now what will happen next year.”
Meanwhile, in Madrid, the ‘Special One’ gave a cryptic press conference in which he seemed to try and pour cold water over the Chelsea rumors. "I have decided to continue," the Portuguese said, without elaborating further. "I want to be paid by Real Madrid right until the day that I stop, not one day further. I understand that the world of soccer, just like the modern society in general, can be a hypocritical place. Those are not my principles. I feel fine, normal, relaxed at the moment."
Mourinho went on to criticize Real defender Pepe, who had spoken out against Mourinho’s treatment of club captain Iker Casillas. "It is very easy to analyze what he says," Mourinho said. "His problem has a name -- Raphael Varane. He was talking from frustration. It is not easy for a man of 29 years to be blown away by a kid of 19. But the kid is fantastic. And who had the courage to put in the kid? Me … I understand it is not an easy situation for him. There must be very few people who think that Varane and Sergio Ramos are not the future of Real Madrid."
Marca, meanwhile, is reporting that Mourinho is cutting an increasingly isolated figure at Madrid. The paper says he has just three allies left: Michael Essien, Diego Lopez and Luca Modric.