Real Madrid’s head of PR Emilio Butragueno has refused to confirm whether Rafa Benitez will survive Tuesday’s board meeting.
Benitez’s position remains in the balance following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia, despite a spirited performance from Madrid and Mateo Kovacic’s red card, and the former Blancos striker did little to appease the speculation.
“We weren’t given a penalty [on Gareth Bale], but in the next phase of play, [Valencia] drew level with a penalty,” he said after the game.
“We began the second half in control, even with 10 men. We were closer to victory than Valencia.
“It’s true that they had a great chance in the final minute, but I think the team deserved something more. It’s a shame we didn’t get the win.
“[On the Bale penalty shout], the referee probably wasn’t in the best position, but the linesman was very close.
“I think the team had a good game. I know the difficulty we posed [Valencia], but the circumstances didn’t help.
“We went down to 10 but didn’t lose control and could’ve scored a third goal, even with 10.
“We didn’t lose our composure, but we didn’t achieve our objective, which was to win here. Still, it’s not a bad thing that we drew.
“[On Benitez keeping his job at Tuesday’s board meeting], the team offered a good account of themselves and we must be very calm.
“[On James Rodriguez missing the game due to his police chase], James spoke to his Coach [on Saturday] and explained the situation.
“He definitely didn’t [get dropped for his involvement].”