Ajax's European adventure far from over, says captain Matthijs de Ligt

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"I wanted him to be my first signing at Manchester United", he told eirSport.

Mourinho spent three years in charge of Real Madrid, guiding the club to a league title in 2012 and winning the Copa del Rey before returning to the Premier League to manage Chelsea in 2013. "I have given everything and I have broken my face for this shield, for this club and even for you".

Captain Matthijs de Ligt is confident his club, who have won Europe's elite club competition four times, can continue to make an impact in this season's competition.

"It's a nice feeling to be liked, especially somewhere where you have been before. I don't think it's going to happen", he said.

Real Madrid lost 1-4 to Ajax on Tuesday night in what was one of the worst weeks in their history.

Real coach Santiago Solari arrives at the pitch ahead of the Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. "This club has always had more suitors than Julia Roberts".

"There is the option of bringing in Mourinho now, but to me there is no point".

Although Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as a Real Madrid manager in waiting, the enormous difficulty of leveraging the Argentine away from North London and Daniel Levy may leave Real in need of a readily available option. We've done fantastic things. "We have to keep our heads up, learn from our mistakes and not forget what we have achieved as what we have done will be remembered for a very long time". Three important games in a row and it didn't turn out the way we wanted. Though the way in which he left the club and his struggles at Manchester United might cast doubt on him being re-appointed, his good relationship with Perez means he can not be fully ruled out.

The 42-year-old admitted he did not know his fate after a week which has effectively ended Madrid's season two months early. Have your say by leaving a comment below.