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Mourinho ends Portugal controversy

09-21-2010 14:30 BJT

MADRID, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Monday ended the controversy over his club not allowing him to take temporary charge of the Portuguese national team.

Mourinho said he would have liked to have coached Portugal for two games: against Denmark and Iceland next month, to provide temporary cover for the recently sacked Carlos Quieroz.

Real Madrid refused to allow him to do that and on Saturday Mourinho was clearly annoyed by his club's attitude.

However, this Monday he insisted that the affair had not damaged his relation with either Real Madrid or club president Florentino Perez.

"The President doesn't have to give any explanation. A coach should not comment anything about his President," he said in his Monday press conference, which was broadcast on GolTV in Spain.

Mourinho also refused to comment what he had told his players, three of whom: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe play for Portugal.

"What I say to the players is my affair, or ours. It is like being at home - what happens in the dressing room stays there," he said.

Mourinho then gave his timid approval to Paulo Bento who has been named as the new Portugal coach, but hinted that he would be prepared to offer his help in the future.

"It is not a question of being in favor or being against him. I am Portuguese and I will always support him. I will always support my country's coach. I am not a coach in this question, I am Portuguese," he said.

"I am always willing to help my national team, but as a coach the question is finished with for now," added Mourinho.

Mourinho then discussed his side's game against Espanyol on Tuesday, saying he would not be changing any players from the side that won 2-1 away to Real Sociedad.

"There are some teams under construction and others that are already built. In the latter you can make five or six changes without altering the dynamic of the team. We are a team under construction and I think it is more important for us to be stable as we are not in condition to make big changes," he advised.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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