Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hits out at ‘disrespectful’ local press

Portuguese courts controversy once again after reportedly refusing to speak to local media after 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Bernabeu

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.

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