The start of the Spanish season has been postponed due to players going on strike, although Barcelona and Real Madrid have played two entertaining matches in the Super Coppa which saw tensions run high last Wednesday at the Nou Camp.
Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline fracas which has drawn widespread condemnation from the Barca camp, although the former Chelsea manager has insisted that he will be staying at the Bernabeu to finish the job that he has started with the Spanish giants.
He told the Real Madrid official website: “I believe many people were surprised by the quality football showcased by Real Madrid during the pre-season and it would be surprising news to them if I left the club now. Impossible!
“I have a fantastic President who is very intelligent and with whom I have a great friendship. I also have a Director General who works for the club 24 hours a day, so my motivation is enormous and my Madridismo is even greater than that of some pseudo-Madridistas…
“There is no way I’m leaving. No way!”
This is a typically unrepentant Mourinho statement designed to rally support from the Real Madrid supporters ahead of the new season and further antagonise a Barcelona squad that have been made even stronger over the summer.