Real coach Mourinho resigned to no winter signings

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MADRID - Jose Mourinho, coach of Spanish giants Real Madrid, Wednesday said he was resigned to Real Madrid making no winter signings at all.

“At this moment after the investment made in new players in the last two years, the club is not very keen to sign a new forward,” he said.

Real have broken all spending records since Florentino Perez returned to the club presidency in June 2009, in a so far unsuccessful bid to end the domination of Barcelona.

Mourinho had asked Real to sign a forward to replace Gonzalo Higuain, who will have to undergo an operation on a slipped disk and will be out for at least two months. It seems that his request has been turned down by Perez.

“They pay me to work and to get the best out of the players that I have, who are very good, though now I only have one real forward, (Karim) Benzema,” Mourinho said.

“We have to face up to this situation, which will not be easy. We cannot be crying every day. I suppose I will have to continue with this squad until the end of the season.”

Real are in second place in La Liga, two points behind leaders Barcelona. They will face Lyon in the Champions League round of 16, and almost certainly will be in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup.

They thrashed Levante 8-0 at home in the first leg of their second round tie, and in consequence Mourinho will put out a reserve-packed team in Thursday’s return leg.

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