Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon has revealed that Jose Mourinho was Florentino Perez's first choice as Real Madrid head coach and not Zinedine Zidane.
Club great Zidane was appointed as Madrid's third coach of the season earlier this week after the Spanish giants had underwhelmed under the leadership of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
But despite Zidane overseeing Madrid's successful era, it was Mourinho who was Perez's go-to guy, according to Calderon.
"The first option was Mourinho, and Mourinho was the one who was going to come to Real Madrid because he's the only coach the president respects,” said Calderon, as reported in Spanish media outlet AS.
"Florentino sees the Portuguese coach as a shield. He says what nobody dares, he blames the referees, the press, (he says) that which is not normally said."
Calderon revealed he is not in agreement with Perez, which he believes is a belief shared among key figures in the Madrid dressing room.
"The dressing room leaders pushed to reject the possibility of Jose Mourinho," Calderon told Sky Sports. “He left [Real Madrid] a lot of problems and I think he would have been another problem to the ones we already have if he had come.
Los Blancos have fallen 12 points off the pace in LaLiga and were dumped out of the Champions League in a 4-1 humbling by Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu.