Florentino Perez has laughed off recent criticism from Barcelona players about Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and hinted at a duel role for Zinedine Zidane.
“I can understand Xavi and Iniesta being annoyed with Mourinho,” reflected Madrid President Perez to Marca today.
“They haven’t beaten us in the last five matches. Criticising the opposition after you've failed to win is never a good strategy.
“The days of Barca turning up and winning every match against Madrid came to an end with Mourinho. He's right about that.”
Meanwhile, reports yesterday indicated that Zidane may push for an assistant Coach’s role at Madrid next season, as opposed to a sporting director position that Perez has been hinting at.
“He got the coaching itch from working alongside Mourinho. He knows everything, including the best players at every team, whether in Italy, France or wherever.
“He likes coaching and he could combine managing a youth team with being director of football, or serve as assistant to the new Coach. We'll see.”
The President was also asked once more of Madrid’s reported interest in Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.
“Real Madrid always wants the best players. We have a great relationship with Tottenham, but first we have to sort out our new coach and then we'll look at putting together our new squad.”
Perez also reiterated his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract.
“Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid, it's the natural outcome.”