Jose Mourinho issues come-and-get-me plea to City, United and Chelsea after fiery Copa del Rey win

27 January 2011 02:04
Jose Mourinho's tempestuous time at Real Madrid reached a spectacular crescendo last night with several incidents before, during and after his team's 1-0 Copa del Rey semi-final first leg win over Sevilla.

Most notably, the former Chelsea boss revealed his desire to return to the Premier League, issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester rivals City and United, as well as his old club.

The boss has failed to win over everyone in the Spanish capital, least of all Jorge Valdano, the club's general manager.

Is that the way to England? Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho has revealed his desire to return to the Premier League

And reports this morning suggest Mourinho could leave as early as the end of the season, despite his adversary admitting he would 'step away for Mourinho to feel more comfortable'.

Valdano added: 'From my responsibility, it is important not to create more tension here. The coach feels more comfortable in his relationship with the president, so we must seek working conditions that are comfortable.

'The enemies are the enemies and that is where efforts should be focused.'

But Mourinho said: 'I've decided to return to England. I have nothing prepared about my future - I just want to be happy in my work.

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'I have no preferences about Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea. I just want to rediscover the joy.

'I'm not saying the Premier League is the most spectacular in the world but it is the best organised, the fair play and the enormous respect for your opponent.'

Mourinho's comments came after a spectacular Karim Benzema goal had handed Madrid the most slender of advantages in the semi-final of Spain's FA Cup equivalent.

However, the game was not without controversy as first, Raul Albiol produced a simply remarkable piece of defending to deny Luis Fabiano - a desperate nudge off the line which Sevilla coach Gregorio Manzano claimed had certainly trickled in. 

Watch the incredible block by Raul Albiol below

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'Whatever the replay shows from Fabiano's goal, I will accept, but I felt it had crossed the line,' he said. 'It was a very decisive moment for us, and perhaps may decide the tie during the second leg. My players did not deserve to lose this match.'

The incident only added to the tension that had been created prior to match, when a provocative television advert targetting Jose Mourinho depicted lying in a coffin in banners unfurled at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla's home.

The atmosphere descended further into chaos when Madrid's goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, was poleaxed by a water bottle thrown from the Sevilla fans.

Poleaxed: Iker Casillas is tended to by team-mates after being struck by a bottle

The World Cup winning captain has described the actions of fans as a dishonour to other supporters.

'It is a shame that the fans have been wonderful helping their team, and then someone does this which causes problems for others,' Casillas said. 'If the cameras have caught the incident, I hope that action is taken.'

The two sides meet again next Wednesday ahead of a final, when they will likely face Barcelona who won 5-0 in their first leg against Almeria.

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