Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho leaving Real Madrid; Falcao set to move; and more

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Come June 2, 2013, Jose Mourinho’s time in charge of Real Madrid will be over.

The club’s President, Florentino Perez, announced at a press conference on Monday that Real Madrid and Mourinho had agreed to part ways by mutual consent, ending a three year stay in the Spanish capital.

“Real Madrid’s relationship with coach Mourinho will terminate at the end of this season,” Perez said at the press event to Spanish publication Diario AS. “Mourinho is one of Real Madrid’s longest-serving coaches. To be in the post for three years, isn’t easy for anyone. Now we are to start a new era.”

Perez added that the lack of trophies this season and not winning La Liga prompted the change. In Mourinho’s three seasons at the helm, he only managed to win the league title and Copa Del Rey once, as well as taking the Spanish SuperCup at the start of this season.

While Mourinho is rumored for a move back to England with Chelsea, Perez said that Real Madrid had yet to sign a contract or agreement for a new manager, though all signs are pointing to Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti.


Another often heard rumor of a departure from the Spanish capital was confirmed today, as Atletico Madrid announced that their star forward Radamel Falcao Garcia would be leaving the Vicente Calderon at the end of the season.

Speaking at a press conference on a mid-week trip to Singapore, club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin said that after Falcao promised the club he’d help them qualify for the Champions League for next season, the club would fulfill their end of the deal, and let him go to another club.

Since acquiring the 27-year-old Colombian attacker from FC Porto in August 2011, Atletico Madrid has gone on to win the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and just this past Friday win the Copa Del Rey. Falcao himself has proved to be one of the most lethal strikers on the continent, scoring 52 goals in 67 La Liga matches, and 70 goals in all competitions.

Falcao has most recently been linked with moves to newly promoted French side AS Monaco and English Premier League club Manchester City.


Despite missing out on the Champions League for the second season in a row, Tottenham will do whatever it takes to keep star midfielder Gareth Bale at the club.

Spurs are set to offer the Welshman a new contract with wages soaring over $228,000 per week, according to reports out of England. Bale is already the highest paid player in the dressing room, but after winning numerous Player of the Year awards, the club have agreed to give him a massive raise.

Owner Daniel Levy has publicly stated previously that he has no desire to sell Bale this summer, but should the 23-year-old not sign a new contract this summer, the chances he continues at White Hart Lane past 2014 become slimmer.

Bale showed off his skills this season, scoring 21 goals in 33 league matches this season, many of them coming from outside of the box or from originating a run outside of the box and finishing past the keeper.


The same ankle injury that kept the John Terry out of Chelsea’s last two matches will keep him out of their next two as well.

As the team takes off for their post-season U.S. Tour, they’ll be traveling without their captain, as Terry’s ankle injury has kept him out of the 23-man squad that will play two friendly matches against Manchester City, one in St. Louis and the other in New York.

Frank Lampard will captain Chelsea in Terry’s place, and Eden Hazard has been added to the squad despite also missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury. According to reports out of England, Hazard will stay in America after the tour finishes up this Friday to meet up with the Belgian National Team, ahead of their match against the U.S. on May 29.


On the back of a two-goal match in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Norwich, Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has accepted a call from England manager Roy Hodgson to join the squad.

Rodwell has endured an injury-plagued campaign, seeing the field just 11 times in the 38 match Premier League season, but now healthy, is being called in to replace his England Under-21 teammate Tom Cleverly, who limped off with an injury during Manchester United’s 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

The 21-year-old City player, who has made just two appearances for the Three Lions, will now join the squad for a match at Wembley Stadium against the Republic of Ireland, and then a match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, against the World Cup hosts.


What do you make of this news? Do you agree with the decision to get rid of Mourinho? Do you see Mourinho moving back to Chelsea? Where do you see Falcao heading? Do you believe Bale will sign the new deal?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Old School

    Re-signing Bale will be THE best “signing” in Europe, if Tottenham are able to pull it off.


  • frank

    If Falcao leaves, Madrid need to sell him for 40-50 million euros if not more. But if he heads to Monaco, just for the money, he will never ever win anything again


  • Brain Guy

    Player salaries in Europe are commonly reported as a certain amount per week, as opposed the American practice of reporting athlete’s salaries on an annual basis. Is there any significance to that? Do salaries in Europe depend on how many weeks the team is in action, so that, for instance, playing more games in a knockoput competition means you get paid more? Even as I type this, I realize it couldn’t work that way, because teams often play more than once a week. (Could it mean that you get paid only when you’re in the 18?) Still, does the “per week” practice mean anything other than a different language convention. And does your total pay change if your team happens to play more games?


    • Josh D

      I think it’s tax related. That and it’s easier for “the commoners” to grasp just how much money they make. It’s hard for us to understand $5 million a year. We gasp when we find out they make $200,000 – a week.


      • OPMG

        I tend to look at more like the difference between measurement systems. I understand what it means when somebody is 6 ft tall. But if somebody is 1.6 meters, that means nothing to me. I do find it hard to draw meaning from a player’s weekly wages unless I multiply it by 52. I’m not sure where you draw your conclusion that it’s hard to understand a salary expressed as a yearly figure vs. a weekly figure though. And how could that possibly be tax related??


      • Ramsizzler

        It is hard for me to understand $5 million a year v. $200 thousand a week. Because, you know, one is $5 million a year and the other is $10.4 million a year.

        But hey, who’s counting?


    • Northzax

      Just like most other things, it’s tradition. Back in the bad old days, you got paid weekly. Only the truly elite professionals were paid on a per annum basis, government folks, ministers, bishops, etc. everyone else got paid either friday or Saturday night in cash. You worked by the week, so that’s what people understood. You didn’t make $520 a year, you made $10 a week. That’s how people thought, so the tradition remains.


  • dan

    If Chelsea wasn’t stupid and wanted to win trophies they would just give Rafa the full time gig, make minimal changes to their squad, maybe a striker and that’s it! But it’s chelsea so they will hire and then fire a new manager by winter, make radical changes, and be yet again goodish the whole season


    • GW

      Well, every manager since Mourinho left has won a trophy.

      Guus Hiddink FA Cup
      Carlo Ancelotti Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield
      Roberto Di Matteo FA Cup, UEFA Champions League
      Rafael Benítez UEFA Europa League

      So maybe Chelsea know a little more than you give them credit for?


  • Hopper

    $228k a week.

    That’s a lot of money.

    To play soccer!

    He does it well I guess.

    Even still.

    Imagine a $228k weekly paycheck.


    • PD

      Yes but when one considers how little a player is paid before they hit the big time, plus how brief a period they are there, it evens out a bit more. Still an astronomical amount of money to play a game, but there is a lot of delayed gratification and risk involved in making that career choice.


  • Freddy

    ” “Mourinho is one of Real Madrid’s longest-serving coaches. To be in the post for three years, isn’t easy for anyone. ”

    Doesn’t Real Madrid see anything wrong with this? I mean not everybody can stick with a club as long as Sir Alex, but you would think a club would want some stability, right?


  • Harriet Freeman

    We all saw this moment coming for ages. He has never spent more than 3 years at any club anyway.

    Let’s not all put him down though, he’s a great manager, however, he has probably done more harm to Real Madrid than help in terms of his attitude and team spirit.


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