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Alvarez: Real must keep Mourinho

18 April 2013 15:42

Canillas president Manuel Alvarez has urged Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez to do his utmost to hold onto Jose Mourinho.

Alvarez, who is in charge of the club where Mourinho's son plays, said on Wednesday the Portuguese coach told him he will no longer be with Real Madrid next season.

The Canillas supremo insists Real Madrid should attempt to hold onto their coach as they cannot afford to let him go without a fight.

"The thing Florentino should do is force Mourinho to fulfil his contract with the club. He did a good job to put Madrid's fate in Mourinho's hands," Alvarez told Goal.com.

"It would be a huge blow for Spanish football if he indeed leaves and I hope Florentino can sort this out."

Alvarez also had his say on the alleged problems between Iker Casillas and Mourinho and believes the goalkeeper will eventually be grateful to the flamboyant trainer.

"Iker will be grateful for everything Mourinho's done. In order to be the captain, and first-choice goalkeeper, you will have to prove yourself each and every day," he said.

"His current situation should motivate him and he should be thankful to Mourinho."

Alvarez discussed the FIFA Coach of the Year election and said Mourinho cannot be compared to a national team coach such as Vicente Del Bosque.

"The Ballon d'Or situation was not normal. You cannot compare a coach who works with his players 365 days a year with someone who only works a few days," he said.

"There should be a separate award for national team coaches."

Mourinho has been in charge of Real Madrid since 2010.

He has since guided them to Copa del Rey and La Liga glory, while making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League this term, where they will meet Borussia Dortmund.

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