Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho’s relationship with the local press is on the verge of breaking down after he refused to talk to representatives of the Madrid media following the 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Saturday evening.
The Portuguese had refused to answer questions during the pre-match press conference on Friday and had his assistant Aitor Karanka do the media briefing. This infuriated the Madrid-based reporters, who walked out in protest.
Mourinho was present at the post-match press conference on Saturday night but once again refused to talk to the local media, answering questions from Barcelona-based and international journalists instead.
"Are you the director of AS?" Mourinho asked a journalist, according to Reuters. "If not, I can't reply. Because according to your philosophy, if you won't speak to my number two, I will only speak to the directors."
When asked another question, the 48-year-old said: "I can't reply. Punto Pelota didn't have the respect to talk to someone who deserved respect. A person who had won three European cups with this club, who has all the credibility to be my representative in a press conference."
The Madrid press has always been welcoming to Mourinho but it appears that their relationship is turning sour.