Jose Mourinho insists he thinks Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid as the manager is “perfect” for everyone.
Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United in December, had been in talks with Madrid president, Florentino Perez, regarding a return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Former Real president Ramon Calderon claimed that Mourinho was at the top of current-chief Florentino Perez’s shortlist, but was turned down due to “dressing room leaders” who did not want to deal with him again.
Instead, Perez opted to re-appoint Zidane, who stepped down as manager at the end of last season, after guiding Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
“I think it’s perfect given all the fantastic things he’s achieved in recent years. It’s perfect to me, perfect for Madrid and perfect for him,” Mourinho told El Chiringuito on Zidane’s appointment.
“It’s a great opportunity to prove just how good he is, mainly now with a new project. I think it’s fantastic. Let’s hope everything goes well.”
When asked if he’s disappointed, Mourinho replied: “No! what do you mean disappointed? No, I never said I wanted it or not. I said it’s perfect, for me it is.”
“What explanation? I didn’t speak to anyone. What explanation do they have to give me?” said an irritated Mourinho before leaving.
Zidane took charge of his first training session on Wednesday morning at Real’s Valdebebas base along with his two assistants David Bettoni and Hamidou Msaidi.
The Frenchman will take charge of his first game back at Real on Monday in a home match against Celta Vigo in La Liga.