With reports flying in that Jose Mourinho might replace Rafa Benitez at Santiago Bernebau former team sporting director Jorge Valdano has also had his say and according to him its highly unlikely that the Portuguese will come back to the Spanish capital for a second term.
According to the Cadena Ser radio show EL Larguero, the Real Madrid president believes that Benitez has potentially lost his position in the Blancos dressing room and thus Madrid are looking for a possible replacement. But in his interview on the same show, Valdano has simply brushed off such rumours and says such a move would not reap any benifits for the club.
“It’s hard for me to believe, hard for me to understand [Mourinho returning to Bernabeu]. I know that Madrid is going through a difficult period, not dramatic, just difficult. But the idea that there must be action every time there is a crisis is not the most advisable. This idea of constant movement is the worst solution possible” said the former sporting director who earned the axe after losing a power struggle with Mourinho.
Defending Benitez and shedding some light on his views of the current position of the club, Valdano further added that “Benitez came in with his methods, his way of doing things,That cannot be done in four months, that needs time. I do not know if Rafa Benitez will stay or will go, but if he leaves, he will be the least responsible for everything that has happened. He is a coach with experience, methods we all know for a long time, with a big Madridista feeling, with his own very special way of seeing the game. He needs an adaptation period, so that a team like Madrid can see what the coach wants. I really doubt Benitez will not be coach for the next game.”
Furthermore talking about the influential role that Cristiano Roanldo has undertaken at Real Madrid and how the forward from Lisbon picked up the team after Vallecano netted early in the game on Sunday. “Ronaldo, in his role as undisputed leader of this team, calmed the storm. It did not seem so serious to me — telling the fans that was not the attitude the team needed in that moment. It was a type of conversation between a leader and his fans. Then the goals solved the problem, even against a team with nine” said Valdano.
So whether we will see the Portuguese again at Santiago Bernebau or not will be clear by the results of Real Madrid’s next few games. It will be a litmus test for both the manager and the team. Madrid currently occupy the 3rd position in the league and Benitez’s future will depend highly on Madrid progressing to the top position. And a failure to so will surely result in an exit from the Spanish capital.