Beckham hails ‘genius’ Mourinho

David Beckham has called Jose Mourinho a genius and backed ‘The Special One’ to lead his former club Real Madrid to glory in 2011/12.

The Spanish capital city side have had to watch as rivals Barcelona have claimed the last three La Liga titles, and Pep Guardiola led his side to Champions League glory last term.

Despite this, the LA Galaxy player feels the Portuguese coach can turn the tide and bring success to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“They have one of the best coaches in the world. Mourinho is a genius and he has proved that with all the teams he has coached,” the former England captain told Marca.

“Madrid are building a powerful side with important players and they can win all the competitions. They are a team that strikes fear (into their rivals) and I have no doubt they will be able to win everything.”

Los Blancos have added Nuri Sahin, Stephane Varene and Hamit Altintop to their already star studded squad this summer, and are being linked with a move for Brazil star Neymar.