Darikwa blow for Spireites
Cristiano Ronaldo admits he does not know what Jose Mourinho’s
future holds beyond this season but believes his winning mentality
will see him continue as Real Madrid coach at least until the end
of the current campaign.
Mourinho has found himself under fire with Madrid’s title
defence in tatters after falling 16 points behind arch rivals
Barcelona in La Liga.
There has also been speculation of discontent among the players
at the Bernabeu, while Mourinho’s recent decision to drop
long-serving club captain Iker Casillas did not go down well with
However, while there may be some question marks about Mourinho’s
long-term future with the Spanish giants, Ronaldo feels his fellow
Portuguese will not be leaving any time soon.
Asked if he knows what Mourinho will do once the season
finishes, Ronaldo told AS: “I don’t know. I think he will continue
until the end of the season at least, because he’s a coach who
always wants to win and we have several challenges ahead which we
“After that he will decide what’s best for him, for his
professional group and for the club. But I don’t know what either
he or the club thinks and therefore I prefer not to talk about this
Madrid face Manchester United in the first leg of their
Champions League last 16 tie next week, while they are locked at
1-1 heading into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final
clash with Barca.
Ronaldo was also keen to move on following reports of a row
between him and Mourinho last month, adding: “It’s a very personal
issue, it’s sorted and everything’s fine. Things that happen in the
dressing room stay in the dressing room.”
Darikwa, who this season has been watched by the scouts of
Premier League teams, has had to be substituted early in the second
half of the Spireites’ last two matches after complaining about
discomfort in his groin.
He saw a specialist on Tuesday who diagnosed a bilateral
inguinal hernia and the 21-year-old will undergo surgery next
“It’s a common injury in football so it doesn’t cause undue
concern. The recovery time is around four to five weeks,” said
Chesterfield physio Jamie Hewitt.