Jose Mourinho has admitted he is ‘proud’ of Real Madrid fans chanting his name but clarified he had not spoken to the club regarding a return.
Chants outside the Bernabeu on Tuesday night called for the return of the Portuguese boss, who coached Madrid between 2010 and 2013 – winning the league title in 2012.
The future of current incumbent Santiago Solari is now under intense scrutiny following the 4-1 home loss against Ajax – Madrid’s fourth successive home defeat.
“The chants? I am proud, but Real Madrid have a Coach,” Mourinho told El Chiringuito TV.
“Obviously I am proud, when you hear your name in that context, but there is nothing more than that because there has been nothing, not even the minimum contact.
“I have not spoken to anyone and there a lot of rumours, but we all know that rumours in football are not good and they are not strong.
“The result was surprising when you see what this club has done recently in this tournament, winning four out of five Champions League is incredible.
“They know that when they have those victories I am happy for them and they know too that I am not happy about what happened at the end of my spell.
“I have a lot of respect for what they have done because I do not think it will be repeated.”