Altintop: Mourinho asked if I was crazy when I wanted to leave Madrid

The Turkish midfielder spoke about his former coach and life at Los Blancos

Altintop: Mourinho me preguntó si estaba loco cuando le pedí irme del Madrid
Hamit Altintop bajo la atenta mirada de José Mourinho durante su etapa en el Real Madrid  | EFE

Turkish midfielder Hamit Altintop revealed how Jose Mourinho reacted when he told the coach he wanted to leave in 2011.

Javier Villodres

"Are you crazy? You want to leave Real Madrid? It is not possible, but how can you think that?,” Mourinho told Altintop, per an interview with the 36-year-old in Marca.

"Real Madrid was very important to me, it was a decisive step in my career. I love the club, the city, the president, but I couldn’t go on (there).”

Altintop surrendered the money he was owed to leave the club on a free transfer.

The pressure was too much, playing with top level stars and he said he ‘felt the responsibility to do well’, ending up training in pain with a back injury.

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