David Beckham has backed new Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to win the treble during his first season in charge at the Bernabeu.
Beckham, formerly of the Spanish side as well as Manchester United and AC Milan, spent four seasons with los Blancos, making over 150 appearances for the nine-time European champions during his spell in the Spanish capital.
Speaking in a live global Yahoo! interview, the England star, who missed this summer’s World Cup in South Africa with injury, was optimistic about his former club’s chances of success — particularly after the appointment of Mourinho, winner of the treble with Inter in 2009-10.
“If Manchester United don’t win the Champions League, then I think Mourinho will win that as well as La Liga and also the Spanish Cup,” said Beckham.
“He [Mourinho] is just an exceptional manager and person, and although he has taken over at a very powerful club, he knows what he is doing.”
Beckham also had kind words for club president Florentino Perez, who returned to the club and sanctioned a huge spending spree last summer.
Perez was the man who brought the 35-year-old to the Madrid from United in a £25 million deal in the summer of 2003.
“Florentino [Perez] is an amazing man,” added Beckham.
“If he had stayed [instead of leaving in 2006], I probably would have finished my career there.”
Beckham won a La Liga title at the Bernabeu under current England manager Fabio Capello, before leaving to join Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.