José Mourinho presented as new Real Madrid coach

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José Mourinho was presented at the Bernabéu as the new Real Madrid coach on Monday after signing a four-year contract the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid new coach José Mourinho holds a press conference at the Bernabéu
Real Madrid new coach José Mourinho holds a press conference at the Bernabéu
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The Portuguese tactician terminated his contract with Inter Milan last week after leading the Nerazzurri to a Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League treble-winning campaign. Real have paid Inter a reported €8 million in compensation.

Mourinho, who becomes Real's ninth coach in six years, replaces Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked after just one season in charge.

"Mourinho has signed a contract for four seasons," said Real sporting director Jorge Valdano.

"It's an honour to have with us one of the most prestigious coaches in the world.

"We are delighted to have him here with us. The best thing for our club right now, is to have Mourinho with us."

The Special One added: "I don't know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach.

"I love important challenges. I am José Mourinho and I don't change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

"My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It's a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach's career.

"Luckily, I've had a beautiful career and it makes me proud to have come here.

"I am very enthusiastic. I want my players to think that way. The beauty is not so much to train or play at Real, but to win at Real Madrid."

When asked if this was his biggest career challenge, Mourinho replied: "I cannot say this is the biggest motivation in my career. My biggest ambition is always the next one. Right now it is Real Madrid.

"I don't change my level of ambition or motivation. I gave everything to every club where I have been and I will do the same here.

"I don't feel any kind of different pressure. I am a coach that improves day by day. I arrive with everything a coach can win in club football."

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