Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari makes statement as Jose Mourinho talk ramps up

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Solari is under mounting pressure following Real Madrid’s elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday night at the hands of Ajax.

Real’s early exit from the tournament follows consecutive losses to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Amid the ongoing crisis at the Bernabeu, it’s been reported club chiefs are contemplating bringing in former manager Jose Mourinho to steady the ship until the end of the season.

Solari is well aware of the intense speculation surrounding his future but insists he’s focused on turning the club’s fortunes around.

“I give you [the] same answer as my first day here: we are all passing through here, and the most important for any coach, any team, is the next game,” the Argentine said after arriving 80 minutes late for his pre-match press conference.

“It is an honour to serve this club.

“These are not assessments I have to do. I’m the coach and, like everyone, I try to give the best I have.

“It’s not the best moment. The objective is always the next game, always. There are judgements I have to accept, but my job is to carry on.

“I’m going to give my best, as I have done since the first day I came here.”

In the aftermath of Real’s humbling defeat to Ajax, skipper Sergio Ramos had a heated discussion with club president Florentino Perez.

Solari refused to be drawn on the matter or reveal if he had a meeting with his players after the match.

He said: “Things that happen in private should stay there.

“We’re very harsh in our self-criticism, not only at the specific moment of a defeat.

“We do it day-by-day, even more so in victory.

“The hard part is finding the bad things in the good times.”

Real will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday night when they travel to the Estadio Jose Zorrilla to take on Valladolid.

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