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Real Madrid Rejects Mourinho Sack Talk

24 Jan 2013

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed reports that senior players threatened to demand transfers if Jose Mourinho was not removed as coach at the end of the season.

Spanish newspaper Marca  claimed the ultimatum had been issued by goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos during a meeting with Perez this week.

But Perez called a news conference to say: "It's totally false.

"I don't normally come out to deny reports, but this was too important."

After comfortably winning La Liga last season, Mourinho has come under scrutiny this term following an indifferent run of results which has left the club trailing leaders Barcelona by 15 points.

There have been several reports of in-fighting between the coach, his playing staff and some club directors.

The Portuguese also courted controversy recently by dropping talismanic club captain Casillas from successive league games.

But Perez branded the Marca report an "attempt to destabilise the club", and added: "This crossed an ethical line.

"I understand some people want the coach or president out, but what has been published is a lie.

"We [the board] are the only ones that will decide the future of our club."

There have been high points this season, with Real into the last 16 of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after completing a 3-1 aggregate victory over Valencia on Wednesday.

Speaking before the Valencia game, Mourinho conceded the Spanish league title was beyond Real.

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