Jose Mourinho linked with Real Madrid return following Manchester United exit

Elena Summers
December 20, 2018

Bale also became the third player to register a hat-trick at the tournament, Ronaldo and Barcelona's Luis Suarez the other players to do so.

Real will not play Al-Ain in the final after the UAE side beat South American giants River Plate 5-4 on penalties yesterday.

And past year it was Ronaldo who bagged the victor in a 1-0 result over Gremio.

"I have the utmost respect and admiration for all my colleagues, professionals and amateurs, who also do an exceptional job", he said. "He has shown what a player he is and what he can do".

Real Madrid icon Iker Casillas launched a withering shot at former manager Jose Mourinho after Manchester United's disappointing 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The main theme of the day left little time for Solari and Marcelo to comment on Wednesday's game against AFC Champions League winners Kashima, who reached this stage of the competition with a 3-2 victory over CONCACAF champions Chivas on Saturday.

The 167-cap global, now at Liga NOS side Porto, had an infamous spat with Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese man was his manager at Real Madrid.

Spanish periodical El Pais state that Perez is looking towards Mourinho in an attempt to arrest Real Madrid's poor form this season, which has seen them slide to fourth place in La Liga.

They soon found their rhythm, however, with Karim Benzema twice shooting straight at the goalkeeper while Bale had an effort blocked after nipping between the Antlers central defenders.

Manchester City are said to be readying a bid of around £80m, but Real Madrid will be reluctant to accept anything below €100m (£89.95m).

When he got a crucial block on Benzema's second-half effort, Yamamoto was rightly congratulated by his team-mates.

Three clear, Madrid were home and dry, and Bale departed on the hour, replaced by Marco Asensio while Casemiro, recovered from an ankle injury, came on to make his first appearance since Nov 12.

Antlers did manage to bag a consolation goal on 78 minutes as Shoma Doi was allowed to sneak in and head past Thibaut Courtois following a cross from Yasushi Endo.

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