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Mourinho ‘a perfect fit for Real’

JOSE Mourinho’s style of play will “fit in perfectly” at the Bernabeu, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Inter Milan boss Mourinho is expected to succeed coach Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked by Real on Wednesday.
Mourinho, who guided Inter to a historic Treble this season, is considered to be a defensive coach.
But Perez countered: “Mourinho’s style of play will fit with the history of Madrid. To win, the values, the spirit of sacrifice, it will fit perfectly.”
Mourinho, who took over at Inter in 2008, became only the third man to win European club football’s most prestigious competition with two different clubs when Inter beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final.
That success also assured the Nerazzuri’s place in the history books as they became the first Italian team to win the Treble, having already retained the Serie A title and beaten Roma to lift the Italian Cup.
Mourinho is contracted to Inter until 2012 and so the 47-year-old former Chelsea manager must resolve his future at the San Siro before making any move.
Pellegrini’s free-scoring Real side finished runners-up in the Spanish League this season, netting 102 goals in 38 games, with 60 of those strikes coming at home.
But the 56-year-old Chilean was dismissed for failing to land any silverware, despite the Spanish giants having signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso for a combined fee in excess of £196m in the summer of 2009.
In contrast, Mourinho’s Inter side scored 75 goals in 38 games en route to their Serie A title and produced a defensive masterclass in their 3-2 aggregate win over Spanish champions Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.
And now the man who brought unprecedented success to the Nerazzurri is set to become the 11th coach in the last seven years at the Bernabeu.
Perez, who is looking forward to a period of progression, added: “Madrid is betting on stability, the stability of the Madridistas is to win and be leaders in Europe.
“The change of coach is always difficult but we are convinced that after this first year and this first phase, now is the moment to give a fresh impulse to our project. “A year ago there was a huge and unprecedented effort to configure and put together a squad capable of aspiring to the maximum.
“We have advanced a lot but we still have a lot of ground to cover.
“This club demands the maximum and is always in search of excellence. Winning and being leaders in Europe has always been the desire of our members and fans and, therefore, that’s the objective of this board.”
Mourinho has previously said his target is to become the first manager to win championships in England –– where he won the Premier League twice with Chelsea –– Italy and Spain.
And Perez has backed Mourinho to bring success to the Bernabeu.
“We believe that he is a coach that will add a lot to this important squad,” Perez continued.
“The only one who has spoken to Inter president Massimo Moratti was me on Monday, but the parties are resolving a resolution [to his contract] in which we are not participating.
“My hope is that it will be resolved quickly and I believe it will be”. –– BBC.

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