Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied a report of an ultimatum against manager Jose Mourinho.

Spanish newspaper Marca had reported that a group of players, led by club stalwarts Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, had told Perez to choose between the players and Mourinho, claiming they would consider their futures should the ex-Chelsea boss remain in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Perez, however, claimed that there was no such ultimatum. He branded the speculation as an "attempt to destabilise the club", adding: "It's totally false that there was an ultimatum from the players.

"I have not spoken to Mourinho. I don't normally come out to deny reports, but this was too important. This crossed an ethical line.

"I have only come here to deny a news story that has destabilised our club and the players.

"I understand some people want the coach or president out, but what has been published is a lie.

"We (the board) are the only ones that will decide the future of our club."

For some time, the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has come under criticism after a poor run of form has seen the Spanish giants slip well behind in the La Liga title race. Real Madrid currently sit third, 15 points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona.

To make matters worse, the Portuguese manager has taken drastic steps in an attempt to arrest their alarming slump in form, dropping iconic club captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas to the bench for the untested Adan in a 3-2 defeat to Malaga.


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