Spanish giants Real Madrid announced at a press conference last night that manager Jose Mourinho will leave the Spanish club at the end of this season.

“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said last night.

“Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.”

Mourinho won the league and Copa del Rey during his three year tenure in Madrid but this season’s campaign saw the Portuguese coach become increasingly isolated as the club’s fans and the media turned on him as they surrendered the league title to rivals Barcelona and lost the Spanish Cup final to city rivals Atletico Madrid two weeks ago.

Mourinho, who enjoyed a successful three year spell at west London club Chelsea has spoken of his desire to return to the Premier League and of, perhaps, to a club that holds him in particularly high regard.

Chelsea are yet to make an announcement on who will take the place of Interim Manager Rafa Benitez for next season, but the bookies’ favourite is Mourinho.

It will mean that the top three clubs in this season’s campaign, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, will all start the 2013-2014 campaign under new first team leadership, with Sir Alex Ferguson retiring at Old Trafford and Roberto Mancini losing his job at the Etihad after a lacklustre season in which last year’s league champions failed to pick up a single piece of silverware. 

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