Porto president Pinto da Costa is convinced that Jose Mourinho will stay on as coach of Real Madrid next season.
Despite Los Blancos leading the way in La Liga and remaining in the hunt to win the Champions League, various reports have tipped the 48-year-old to depart the Spanish capital over the summer, but his ex-mentor is convinced he will continue to occupy the Santiago Bernabeu hot-seat.
"Mourinho will continue at Real Madrid next season," Da Costa told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The supremo also reserved words for fellow ex-coach and current Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has come under-fire at Stamford Bridge following his failure to mount a sustainable title challenge in the Premier League.
However, Da Costa has claimed the reason behind the young boss' struggles is due to many of his players remaining in contact with Mourinho, which he feels is impacting adversely on Villas-Boas' chances of attaining success in west London.
"You need time to mould a team, and you cannot do that while there are players, that I have heard, continue to exchange SMS messages with Mourinho, and Abramovich knows this," mused the president.
Porto host Manchester City in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 encounter on Thursday.
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