Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Real Madrid's Solari criticises players: I have spoken to underperformers

Real Madrid's Solari criticises players: I have spoken to underperformers

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has told a small number of his players they have not performed at the level expected as a disappointing season looks set to end without a trophy.

Solari faces a selection crisis heading into the game against struggling Valladolid, above all in attack as forwards Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Jr and Gareth Bale are all unavailable after sustaining injuries in Tuesday's 4-1 defeat by Ajax.

Jose Mourinho could be back in charge of Real Madrid as early as Monday, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

With virtually nothing left to play for this season, Real Madrid are looking at re-building their squad and are reportedly preparing a €350 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

The 13-time European champions apparently came calling for the Frenchman, victor of an unprecedented three Champions Leagues in a row with Real as manager, but he doesn't fancy returning just yet.

"The chants? I am proud, but Real Madrid have a coach", Mourinho told El Chiringuito TV.

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"So it came as no real surprise that you go to a club like Real Madrid, who are historically one of the biggest clubs in European football, and that dressing room didn't buy into what he was selling - similarly at Manchester United".

"I have given everything and broken my back for this badge, this club and for you".

"If I answer that my chairman [Daniel Levy] will get very angry with me for doing this interview".

Mourinho was asked about going back to Real during a recent appearance on beIN SPORTS.

With Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes believed to be in talks to secure his client's return to Real Madrid, the discussions now revolve around the length of his contract and whether he will continue in the role beyond next summer. Working happily in the next pre-season, June, July.

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