Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

Jose Mourinho has denied rumours that he could leave Real Madrid following yet another controversial altercation with Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup.

The Portuguese appeared to poke Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye after a brawl ensued between the two sides, caused by the late sending off of Marcelo.

The Spanish Football Association are investigating the incident and there has been talk that Mourinho could be banned for up to 12 games.

This in turn led to speculation that the former Inter boss was preparing to walk away from the Bernabeu, but in an open letter to the club’s fans Mourinho has dismissed this.

"Only those who don’t know me can dream, make up or believe I may leave Real Madrid at this stage", wrote Mourinho.

"I believe many people were surprised by the quality football showcased by Real Madrid during the pre-season and it would be surprising news to them if I left the club now. Impossible!

I have a fantastic president who is very intelligent and with whom I have a great friendship. I also have a director general who works for the club 24 hours a day, so my motivation is enormous and my Madridismo is even greater than that of some pseudo-Madridistas…There is no way I’m leaving. No way!

"I also wish to apologise to Madridistas, and only to them, for my attitude in our last game. Some people are better adapted to the hypocrisy in football than I am, and they hide their faces and speak in whispers deep inside tunnels. I’m not learning to be a hypocrite, and I don’t want to."

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