Mourinho: Champions League success won't keep me at Real Madrid

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Jose Mourinho says he could still leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, even if he leads the the club to a historic win in the Champions League.

The Portuguese coach appears set to leave the Bernabeu in the summer after a tumultuous season which has seen Los Blancos fall out of the race to defend their La Liga title. Reports of Mourinho's strained relationship with his players and Madrid officials have also been rife.

Despite murmurings of discontent Mourinho guided his side to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a last-16 win over Manchester Untied last week, keeping alive their hopes of claiming "La Decima" - a record 10th European Cup win.

That victory has prompted suggestions Madrid could ask Mourinho to stay on next season, but the "Special One" says any decision he makes won't be based on whether he lifts silverware at the end of the season.

“I never base my decisions on whether I win or not," he told the Sun.

“I work at the top level every day thinking only about the club and never worried about myself.”

The 50-year-old has been linked with taking over at Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, while some believe he is the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Mourinho endeared himself to the club's fans by admitting after Madrid's 2-1 win at Old Trafford last week that the 'better team lost', and he reserved special words of praise for Ryan Giggs, who made his 1000th senior appearance in that game.

“Amazing is the only word to describe Ryan Giggs," he said.

“I told him that in the tunnel before the match and the way he performed for 90 minutes at this level is simply amazing.

"You can’t choose another word. I believe that Sir Alex has a lot of respect for Ryan and also for Paul Scholes — these boys that he’s known since they were kids.

“Secondly, I believe he knows how good they still are and what they can still give to a team.

“Because a team is a mixture of ingredients and the younger ones need these personalities around them to help them grow up as players.”

Mourinho also admitted he would love to see Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo emulate the achievements of his former team-mate at Manchester United.

He said: “I am sure Cris can do it but I don’t know yet if he wants to.

“That is the point with Giggs and Scholes — they still can play and they still want to play.

“I just hope for the good of football that Cris will want to as well.”

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