Jose has one eye on next season

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has high hopes for his side next season, admitting the La Liga club is now moving "in the same direction".

Mourinho and general manager Jorge Valdano fell out earlier this season and reportedly had disagreements over various issues – but tension has eased in recent weeks.

The team, meanwhile, managed to cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to five points last weekend, and while the Portuguese coach is still aiming for success on three fronts this season, he believes next year will be even better.

"The natural tendency is for us to win something and initiate a cycle that we hope will produce more victories," he told Cadena Cope.

"But my hopes are a lot more for my team next year than this season."

As for boardroom relations, Mourinho said: "Today I see the club in the same direction as me.

"We have the same thought, the same philosophy, there is much more empathy, because the personal empathy has always been very good with the president (Florentino Perez) and Jose Angel (Sanchez, director general)."