Mourinho interested in taking over at Barcelona or Madrid

Gordon Tynan
Monday 28 April 2008 00:00
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Jose Mourinho has spoken enthusiastically about the possibility of taking charge of Real Madrid or Barcelona one day.

"Barcelona is an absolutely fantastic club and I enjoyed my time there very much, just like in the six games I have played against them in three years," said Mourinho, who was at Barça earlier in his career as an assistant coach. "I don't know if my future will be to train Barça or to play against them. [Either way] what is clear is that I hope to enjoy myself again with Barcelona."

Asked about Madrid, he said: "Every coach wants to coach Real Madrid, I am not the only one."

Mourinho denied he has signed a deal to become the next Internazionale coach. "I do not feel any type of pressure to decide what I want to do," he said. "I can wait a little more."

Elsewhere, David Beckham paid tribute to his team-mate Landon Donovan after the striker scored a hat-trick in Los Angeles Galaxy's 5-2 defeat of Chivas USA. Beckham's club are second in Major League Soccer's Western Conference after a promising start to the season.

"He's scoring goals and that's what counts," said Beckham, who set up one of Donovan's goals. "He's a special player. He proved what he's able to do, he's good in the box and from outside."

Beckham's former Manchester United club coach and international manager, Steve McClaren, meanwhile, believes that United will win the Premier League title.

"There's always pressure at Manchester United and people take their lead from the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson]," McClaren said. "He has the experience, the belief, the stature, the charisma, and he has won it before. That's what the players look to, they'll look to a manager and other players who have done it before."

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