Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho refused to indulge in speculation over his future as his side prepare to face Ajax in their remaining Champions League Group D game on Tuesday.
Having already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, most of the attention turned to the future of Jose Mourinho on Monday - rather than the Spanish giants' upcoming clash with Ajax at the Bernabeu.
Reports link Mourinho with a move away from the club at the end of the season - but the Portuguese refused to indulge in talk about his role at the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently commented that Mourinho would be capable of taking over from him at Manchester United - but the former Chelsea coach is not expecting Ferguson's retirement any time soon.
SOUNDBITE: (Spanish), Jose Mourinho (Asked about Ferguson's words about Mourinho being his possible successor at Man United):
"For some people friendship has a deep meaning, and it means exactly this. That's why I see his words as a result of our friendship and the respect we have for each other. Plus, I think his succession is still out of discussion because in my opinion his retirement should not happen until after 10 years or so. Not two years, ten! He keeps getting better and stronger for him to even think about his retirement".
With no chance of finishing top of the group due to their head to head record with Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho is likely to change his team around ahead of the game with Ajax at the Bernabeu.
Luka Modric looks set to start for Madrid.
SOUNDBITE: (English), Luka Modric (Asked about Mourinho leaving Real Madrid next year):
"All I can say about that subject is he has a long contract with Real Madrid and he is the best possible coach we can have. That's it"
Madrid face Ajax on Tuesday the 4th of December.
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