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Florentino Perez the main source of Real Madrid's woes

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Monday afternoon saw Real Madrid president Florentino Perez take to the podium in the capital for a press conference.

Ultimately this was to dispel the rumours that manager Rafael Benitez was about to lose his job.

Coming just days after the Spanish giants lost at home to fierce rivals Barcelona, the Madrid president declared the board were backing Benitez and that he had total control of the team - a statement made following murmurs in the media that the manager had not picked the starting XI to face Barcelona.

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The former Napoli manager has never been known to head into such big clashes with a full attacking line up, leaving many Madridistas and neutrals scratching their heads at the sight of such a gung-ho line up.

Perez has often enough been left dispirited by seeing their Catalan rivals take league title upon league title at the expense of his beloved Madrid and to incense the 68-year-old further, it has been done with the kind of football that he yearns for.

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As a result, the team from the capital have suffered under Perez's influence. The appointment of Benitez in the summer after Carlo Ancelotti had been relieved of his duties was greeted with many raised eyebrows.

He was nobody's first choice, and perhaps wasn't the right man for the job, but it had been said the President wanted somebody in charge who will ultimately be a puppet for the hierarchy.

Perez's second term started in 2009 with a Dutch exodus. Players such as Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy were casualties of the returning president's latest reign, as he believed Barcelona were the team with the Dutch heritage and not Real.

The spending shortly followed, with Kaka, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the marquee signings to herald the second campaign of Perez.

Under his guidance Madrid has been run more as a business than a football club, this was made apparent through the signing of James Rodriguez, which comes with its own side story.

Perez's wealth originates from being the president of a civil engineering company that had a prestigious contract at a Colombian airport and subsequently heavily influenced the decision to sign Rodriguez.

It almost seems that the Madrid president doesn't really know what he wants, between littering the squad with "Galacticos" and picking a manager who isn't known for his attacking and flair style football, Perez's decisions are hurting Real more than helping.

During his press conference when asked why he only offers three-year contracts he said: "Managers get worn out quickly here" - it is becoming crystal clear why.

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