Sneijder backs Jose to stay

Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder says former boss Jose Mourinho is doing a 'perfect' job at Real Madrid and is not convinced he will leave the Bernebeu at the end of the season.

Despite being under contract until 2016, there has been endless speculation linking Mourinho with a move away from Los Blancos after three seasons in charge of the club.

However, Sneijder is not so sure his former boss will call time on his Real career just yet, claiming the Portuguese is doing outstanding work in arguably the toughest job in football.

He told Marca: "Listen, there are things about Mourinho in the press every day which don't necessarily need to be true. I don't know if he's going to leave to be honest. In my personal opinion, it would seem very strange to me that he would leave already, so quickly.

"The work that Mourinho's doing at Real Madrid is perfect.

"He won the league last season, they've always gone far in the Champions League, this season they are still fighting to win it. I think his job is there, isn't it?"

The Dutchman was speaking ahead of his side's crucial Champions League quarter-final clash with Real at the Bernebeu on Wednesday and the former Madrid man admits the tie will be a special one for him personally.

"It's very special, for many reasons," he said.

"On a personal level, it's a very emotional game and, as a professional, it's a lovely game.

"I still have several friends there and I've got incredible memories with the team and the fans.

"My first season in Madrid was very good, we had a great team and personally I enjoyed playing a lot. The other season was bad for personal problems. The second year wasn't easy for me, but this doesn't take away the fact I have a good memory of Real Madrid."