Real Madrid’s reluctance to bring in striker reinforcements has plunged the future of manager Jose Mourinho in doubt.
Gonzalo Higuain’s long-term back injury has left the La Liga club with just one fit striker in France forward Karim Benzema.
While the club still possesses an array of attacking talent – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and fit-again Kaka – Mourinho has showed an interest in bringing Hamburg striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy back to the club.
But despite Mourinho’s desire to enter the market to bolster his squad, Real sporting director Jorge Valdano has intimated that the club spent enough in the off-season transfer window and no funds would be forthcoming.
The issue led reporters to quiz Mourinho on his future, with the Portuguese manager stating he would make a decision at the end of the season.
“We all have to be happy, and work hard with the knowledge that everything is very good,” he said.
“We have to be happy that we are going to continue doing well and see out my contract. When you leave a club that you like as much as I did with Inter, where I liked to be and had a greatly privileged position and tranquility, where I had status, then when you leave it has to be for an exciting club like Real Madrid.”
“At the moment I am working my hardest, and as it is my first season I also have to analyse things. I have to know everything inside out as best I can, and at the end of the season we will look at my position. But we have everything in place for me to continue and to be happy.”
Real Madrid host Mallorca on Saturday, needing a win to stay within four points of league-leading rivals Barcelona.