Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he will not sign Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao due to a ‘pact of non-aggression’ between the clubs.
In an interview with A Bola, former Inter and Chelsea boss Mourinho explained that an unwritten agreement between the Madrid rivals makes it impossible for him to sign key players from Atletico.
“Falcao is a fundamental player for our rivals, just like Kun Aguero was. There is a pact of non-aggression between Real Madrid and Atletico so I think Falcao is a forbidden fruit,” Mourinho said.
“He’s a fantastic player, and I get the feeling he is a lovely guy, and I’m very happy to see him do so well at Atletico.”
Mourinho is one of the most controversial coaches in the sport but the 49-year-old has stressed that he does not care about his popularity or image.
When asked whether Real are criticised more often because he is in charge of the club, the Portuguese coach said that his success in the capital should be enough to silence the critics.
“Our results speak for themselves and show that in just over two years we have got closer and closer to Barcelona and now we are up there with them and have won the three major trophies in Spanish football in that time,” he said.
“We broke the dominance of Barcelona, something many people thought was impossible.”
Mourinho then hit back at criticism made by Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who claimed that he could make a video of all the times that Pepe has kicked the Catalan club’s players.
“It’s funny because now Pepe is in a situation where he gets booked in every game, even if he just commits one foul. People have created an image of Pepe which they find comfortable,” Mourinho said.
“He is adored at Madrid and it doesn’t matter what Vilanova says, people won’t change their mind about Pepe.”