Mourinho's revelations about Florentino approach

Last Christmas some Real Madrid club members received strange calls from an agency apparently representing the club. The call itself was vague and asked four random questions before confirming that the recipient of call was indeed a club "socio". Upon confirming these details the questions alluded to the satisfaction surrounding Rafa Benitez, then first team coach at Real Madrid. A friend of mine who received such a call joked, "Had I said I was a socio of the Sabadell swimming club would I have been subject to these questions?”


That poorly orchestrated survey pointed that a change was imminent on the bench at the Bernabeu. Benítez's time was up. At the time many names were thrown around as substitutes even the name of Guardiola being linked with the position. The survey itself pointed to two names , those of Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane. Florentino was genuinely interested in bringing Mourinho back as we've learned in the past few days, the Portuguese coach was an option even during the proceeding summer. This information comes out in a new book published by an English journalist Rob Beasley which promises plenty of revelations.

The book will be lapped up by those interested in getting to know more about the coach in question. Florentino apparently asked Mou “to come back and oversee a clear-out of names such as Pepe, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo... I told him that it was too late”. The book claims that Florentino considered Zidane “due to his name and status despite having a shit time at Castilla and his fear of taking on the major responsibility of the first team”. We all know how things panned out: Benítez arrived, failed, Florentino considers Mourinho in his survey and eventually opts for Zidane.

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Las Palmas v Real Madrid - Gran Canaria stadium, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain - 24/09/16. Real Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane during the match