Mourinho quashes talk of disharmony in Madrid squad
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed talk of divisions in his squad ahead of tonight's Copa del Rey quarter-final return leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed talk of divisions in his squad ahead of tonight's Copa del Rey quarter-final return leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Real Madrid players celebrate a goal during Sunday's La Liga match
against Athletic Bilbao in Madrid. Pic/Getty Images
It was reported in the Spanish press at the weekend that the Portuguese would leave the Bernabeu in June, with an alleged training-field bust-up between Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Mourinho -- news of which apparently leaked from within the camp -- also adding fuel to the fire of disharmony in the squad.
"I do not provoke cliques," Mourinho told http://www.as.com/. "I know nothing about the leaks. I feel very supported by the board, we're currently in the midst of a very good spell."
Real received a much-needed boost when the Spanish football association announced it was not going to take any action over Pepe's alleged stamp on the hand of Barcelona's Lionel Messi during a fiery first leg.