Sacked Real Madrid coach Pellegrini: I last spoke with Florentino in August

Sacked Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he hadn't spoken with president Florentino Perez since last August.

Sacked Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he hadn't spoken with president Florentino Perez since last August.

Pellegrini was dismissed yesterday, so paving the way for Jose Mourinho to be installed as new Real coach.

"The coach never had a voice to say how we needed to play but I played who I felt had to play and wasn't under pressure to pick who they [the board] wanted," said Pellegrini.

"It was he [Perez] who brought me to Madrid. I could not do what he wanted, but it was very difficult to maintain a relationship. It was a difficult season.

"I have not talked to him since August. I would have liked to have known him better as president and him known me as a coach, I don't know him either as an individual or as president. I leave an important job done but the president has every right in the world to change the coaching direction of the club.

"I do not know him either as individual or as president. I don't have anything good or bad to say about him. When I see the president I will take his hand and say that for me I am proud to have been coach of Real Madrid and I think now I leave having done an important job."