Rafael Benitez has questioned whether Jose Mourinho would be the right man to manage Real Madrid, despite his former rival making overtures to the Spanish club.
Inter coach Mourinho, who is preparing his side for Saturday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich, has made no secret of the fact that he would like to work at the Bernabeu.
“I want to go to Real Madrid, 100%. If I didn’t get there, I would leave football with a void in my career,” Mourinho told Marca on Thursday.
“To get me to leave this club after two years of incredible work, only Real Madrid could achieve that. If I go, I will move with a clear conscience having changed the club.”
Benitez has been touted as a possible candidate to replace Mourinho at Inter as well as a possible manager at Madrid, but the Liverpool boss is unconvinced the Portuguese would be suitable for Real.
“I know Mourinho has dreamed a lot of coaching Real Madrid but I do not know if he is the right person to train Madrid,” Benitez said.
“[Manuel] Pellegrini has done a great job and deserves great respect because he’s still coach and it’s not pleasant to hear talk about who’s going to replace you.”