In recent weeks, the media machine has been intensifying with regards to the rumours surrounding Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti’s future in the French capital. Famed Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho appears to be the front-runner for the Parc des Princes job should the Italian move on, but nothing in certain yet.
In any event, seemingly outbound Real Madrid coach Mourinho has been talking up a move to France, but the speculation reached new intensity last week when Paris-based newspaper Le Parisien suggested that Ancelotti has “a handshake agreement” (h/t Ed Malyon of the Mirror) with the Spanish giants to take over from Mourinho in the summer. Whilst Ancelotti denied the claims in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Marseille showdown on Sunday, it is not the first time this season that those rumours have surfaced.
Mourinho has been continually linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, with several reports claiming the ex-Blues manager has fallen out with key first-team players. A return to Chelsea has been mooted, but Calderon thinks Mourinho will end up at big-spending PSG this summer :
“Real Madrid have a problem with Jose Mourinho’s attitude,” Calderon told talkSPORT. “We are not used to a coach who complains about referees, UEFA and injuries. It’s something I don’t like. We are used to talking about what’s happening on the field.
“It seems he’s going to leave and it looks like he’s going to Paris St Germain. He says he’s going to stay but I don’t think so. Things have gone too far and Real Madrid are not willing to accept any more of his behaviour.”
And the former-Real Madrid president took aim at his successor at the Bernabeu, blaming current president Florentino Perez for hiring Mourinho.
Real Madrid sit 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, and the defending champions face a battle to even finish in second place – city rivals Atletico Madrid lie four points head as it stands. That leaves Mourinho’s best chance of silverware as the Champions League, and Real Madrid face a crucial last-16 second leg encounter with Manchester United on March 5.
Chelsea have been linked with Mourinho as interim manager Rafael Benitez is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. A number of high-profile names other than Mourinho have also been put forward by the media, including Everton boss David Moyes. However, Conte also seems set to snub Chelsea and with Mourinho potentially swaying towards PSG instead of Chelsea. We will not know until it all plays out, but it’s certainly not good news.