Jose Mourinho will be unveiled as the new Real Madrid coach on Monday, with a pledge to bring the best from World Cup stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka from his first day in charge. Bookmakers are betting against 'The Special One' as he sets his sights on winning a third Champions League trophy.
Real announced yesterday that they had agreed a compensation deal with Inter Milan. Inter were seemingly determined to claim the full 16 million euro they were entitled to according to a release clause in Mourinho's contract. However, following a meeting between the clubs' presidents, Massimo Moratti and Florentino Perez, they were able to compromise on a figure reported to be half that amount.
Mourinho will replace Manuel Pellegrini in the Bernabeu hotseat after the Chilean was sacked on Wednesday night.
Aware there are those at Madrid who are wary of his defensive style, the new coach said he believes tactics are dictated by the players available. “We have to know what we have and apply it in the best possible way to create damage,” he added. “Madrid has Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka that are very good on one-on-ones. We have to find a style of play that allows them to do that.”
He added: “I think Madrid have signed me because they know that they can demand aims in the short term, but that I am also capable of leaving a base for the future.
“I want to leave a mark at this club, not only with titles but with other things. I promise from my first day that I will bring out the best in the players, that I will take care of them.”
Mourinho has stopped short of a promise to end Real's 8 year wait for another Champions League honour next season and Betfred are offering odds of 6/1 Real to lift the 2010/2011 Champions League trophy.
Mourinho has already requested the Spanish giants try to lure several Inter players to the Bernabeu this summer, including Brazil international Maicon. Earlier this week, he has been linked to key England World Cup squad members, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.
There is sure to be more transfer speculation during the World Cup Finals, however bookmakers are unmoved and great rivals Barcelona remain favourites to retain the Serie A title. Betting odds of 4/5 are available with 888 Sport, Bet365, Blue Square and Boylesports.