Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/1/13
Jose Mourinho has finally broken his silence at Real Madrid to wish the club "much happiness in the future". The Portuguese coach will leave the Bernabeu after a colorful three-year stay in charge, and is expected to return as Chelsea manager. Mourinho initially won the hearts of the Madrid fans with a Copa del Rey and Primera Division win, but his third and final season has been a testing one. A rift with club icon Iker Casillas has generated a wealth of ill-feeling and it is unlikely that many tears will be shed at the end of the clash with Osasuna. Mourinho has not spoken publicly for a month as the situation has grown stranger, but on Friday night he issued a short statement on the club's official website. "I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future," he said. "I appreciate the support of lots of fans and respect the criticism of others. "Once again, a lot of happiness to everyone and, above all, good health. Hala Madrid!" Joining Madrid from Inter Milan in 2010, Mourinho secured one of the scalps of his career by wresting the title from a seemingly invincible Barcelona last season. This campaign has been disappointing , though, with a weak title defence standing alongside a Copa del Rey final loss to city rivals Atletico and a Champions League semi-final exit to Borussia Dortmund.
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