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