Santiago Solari is rather cool in the face of rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a return as Real Madrid coach.
The former Los Blancos star quipped that the club has always had more “suitors” than Hollywood actress Julia Roberts.
Solari took charge of the club in October after Julen Lopetegui’s brief and underwhelming spell at the helm.
Although Argentinian Solari has overseen an improvement, Madrid have rarely been outstanding and consecutive Clasico defeats to Barcelona in the last week have – according to reports in Spanish media – effectively written off his hopes of staying beyond the end of the season.
Mourinho has been out of a job since December when he was sacked by Manchester United, and he openly said on beIN SPORTS that he would have “no problem” returning to Madrid, calling the club “iconic”.
But Solari is playing it cool, comparing Madrid to Roberts, perhaps best known for her role as the lead in 1990 hit ‘Pretty Woman’.
“This club has always had more suitors than Julia Roberts,” he told reporters at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Ajax. “It’s normal.”
The bizarre scenario took another turn when a reporter asked whether Roberts would choose Solari or Mourinho.
“That’s a good question. We would have to ask her,” the 42-year-old retorted.
Star midfielder Luka Modric also dismissed the rumours prior to Solari, though he offered no comparisons to any other well-known thespians.
“We don’t pay attention to rumours,” Modric said. “We’re focused on ourselves. Everyone always talks about these things with Real Madrid and we can’t avoid that.”
Madrid take on Ajax in the Champions League last 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu with their season on a knife edge after being knocked out of the league and cup by archrivals Barcelona.