'Jose Mourinho Up Close and Personal' is still a few days away from publication but it seems the book has already caused more of a stir than any football biography in recent history.
Written over the course of years after a number of close encounters with the Special One, author Rob Beasley offers a tantalising insight into a man who has been at the forefront of elite football.
Whether it is about what really happened at Chelsea last year, his true feelings towards Arsene Wenger or his thoughts on his new job at Manchester United, the book will offer up a number of gems when it finally hits the shelves.
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And his time at Real Madrid is sure to feature rather heavily. Mourinho was one of the few managers to last three seasons under Florentino Perez's iron fist, winning just a single La Liga title but turning Los Blancos into the blockbuster club the president wanted.
He left on mutual terms in 2013 after he fell out with a number of senior players in the Bernabeu dressing room, paving the way for his return to west London. However, Mourinho has revealed that despite his tumultuous spell in the Spanish capital, Perez came calling in 2015 asking for him to return.
Clean the club
As he puts it in the book, Perez asked Mourinho to "clean the club" from the rotten personalities that were holding it back. Fortunately for all of our sakes, he named the worst of them.
Beasley writes: "He revealed he had turned down an approach to go back himself, saying: ‘President loves me and wanted me to go and clean it, clean s*** people like Pepe, [Iker] Casillas, [Sergio] Ramos, Marcelo. I told him too late.'"
Zidane did 's***'
He also revealed that Perez was trying to pave the way for Zinedine Zidane to take over even before Rafa Benitez was given the job. Mourinho was not a fan of this, claiming the Frenchman had done "s*** with the B team". Interestingly, he thought Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp was the only man in world football who could solve their problems.
It continues: "Presi thinks Zidane because of name and status but he did s*** with B team and he is afraid of that risk. Klopp is only one he can bring . . . Rafa no way."
Mourinho was wrong on two counts. First, Benitez did in fact get the job and, second, Zidane appears to have been very much the right choice to replace the Spaniard. The legendary midfielder inspired Real Madrid to their 11th European title last season and an incredible run of 17 straight La Liga wins.
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