Valdano hints at Madrid changes

18 May 2010 08:02
Sporting director Jorge Valdano has dropped a strong hint that Real Madrid will part company with coach Manuel Pellegrini following a trophyless season. The Chilean guided a squad that was supplemented last summer by 200million euros worth of talent to second place behind Barcelona in La Liga and only the last 16 of the Champions League. Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be the Chilean's likely replacement and Valdano has, for the first time, has admitted that changes will be made at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Mourinho will be in Madrid this week as he prepares to take his Inter side into Champions League final action against Bayern Munich on Saturday night. "We have a lot of time and then we'll see what direction we take," said Valdano. "Last year we began a new project and that led to a clot of changes. This year there will be new additions. "There won't be as many as last season. But what is clear is that we need to make changes in certain areas. " When asked specifically about the reports of Mourinho's impending arrival, Valdano replied: "Mourihno has other battles to fight in this moment."

Source: ESA