Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has made a U-turn on his original comments about his future and now insists that he will consider staying at the club, despite falling out with some of the players, including goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
The future of the Portuguese coach has been the topic of much debate in recent weeks and it seems that it will take many twists before the final decision is made.
Original reports came out months ago saying that Mourinho was not happy in Spain and wanted to leave the club. Those comments were then confirmed by Mourinho himself and he admitted that he didn't feel wanted at Madrid and that first sparked rumours that he could be leaving the club in order to rejoin Chelsea.
Last week's Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund was overshadowed by the comments Mourinho made after the game as he confirmed he wanted to go somewhere he is loved.
Ever since then, speculation has reached fever pitch as everyone is giving their opinions on the manager's future and today saw Rafael Benitez drop the biggest hint that he is destined for Chelsea.
However, despite these reports, the Portuguese-man has admitted that he has considered staying on and insists his decision has not been fully made just yet.
Ahead of his side's match with Malaga, Mourinho said: "I have considered staying on."
Jose Mourinho isn't a popular figure in Spain even with the Real Madrid fans and he seems to have annoyed the majority of the players as well, in particular Casillas.
Mourinho was quoted saying that the goalkeeper believes he is better than everyone else at the club and he then said his biggest regret during his time in Spain was that he didn't sign a new goalkeeper sooner.
After making comments about Casillas, Real Madrid defender Pepe then got involved by saying Mourinho was being disrespectful to a club legend.
"The boss' comments weren't appropriate. Iker is a legend, both at this club and in Spain, and he deserves more respect," the defender said.
Mourinho then responded by saying Pepe's quotes were just sour grapes after he lost his first-team place to youngster Raphael Varane.
"It's very easy to analyse what Pepe said. His problem has a name - it is Raphael Varane," the coach said. "We are talking about frustration. It's never easy for a 31-year-old to be rolled over by a boy of 19 years of age.
"I had the courage to play him (Varane), because I believe that he is the future of Real Madrid, along with Sergio Ramos. The problem is very simple - Pepe's life has changed."
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