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Real Madrid target Jose Mourinho with Arsene Wenger to stay at Arsenal
Published : 21 May 2009 08:55:54
The former Chelsea manager has just wrapped up the Italian title with Inter, meaning he has now won league championships in three countries after success with Porto and Chelsea before his move to Italy. However, the Portuguese remains a divisive figure in northern Italy with many unsure of his abrasive, outspoken manner and his failure to deliver a serious challenge for the Champions League, the main reason he was drafted in as coach. Real are aware of Mourinho's circumstances and think that he would be a strong enough character to rejuvenate a squad that recently conceded the Spanish title to Barcelona. Last night Spanish media were reporting that Mourinho is under consideration by president-elect Florentino Perez. Should Real fail in their bid to lure the Portuguese to the Bernabeu, Mourinho will be handed funds by Inter president Massimo Moratti to rebuild his side and make an assault on Europe, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. The first outlay is likely to be on Chelsea centre back Ricardo Carvalho, with whom Mourinho also worked with at Porto. Having just turned 31, and with his season severely hampered by injury, Carvalho's first-team future at Stamford Bridge is already uncertain. The club are set to follow Guus Hiddink's advice and lower the average age of the squad with Carvalho a likely first casualty of that policy. Carvalho, who has three years left on a contract he signed in May 2007, may be keen to leave Chelsea as he appears to have fallen behind Alex as first choice partner for club captain John Terry.