Speculation regarding the future of Jose Mourinho as Real Madrid manager has reached fever pitch after the Portuguese took the bold decision to drop captain Iker Casillas as Los Blancos lost to Malaga.
Real Madrid - champions last season - now find themselves 16 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona, and tensions continue to rise at the Santiago Bernabeu following Mourinho's latest stunt to backfire.
The Daily Mail claims there have been suggestions Mourinho is inviting Real Madrid to fire him before the Champions League meeting with Manchester United in February, and the 'technical decision' to omit Casillas further strains his relationship with the club.
Antonio Adan took the place of Casillas in the Real Madrid goal for only his third league appearance in 18 months, but the 25-year-old could to nothing to prevent Los Merengues falling to yet another defeat.
Isco gave Malaga the lead at La Rosaleda before an own goal from Sergio Sanchez provided Real Madrid with a way back into the encounter.
However, two quickfire strikes from Roque Santa Cruz put Malaga ahead once again and Madrid could only claim a late consolation through Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid remain third in La Liga - now just two points ahead of Malaga - with Atletico Madrid in second place, and Barcelona still undefeated at the top of the table.
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