Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has urged supporters to “remain united” as he and coach Rafael Benitez aim to make it a successful 2016 for the club and its fans.
Benitez has endured a difficult start to life at the Bernabeu with los Blancos going into the Christmas break two points adrift of Primera Liga leaders Barcelona having played a game more.
But Perez used his traditional Christmas address to urge supporters to back Benitez and his squad.
“I would like to convey a message of unity and excitement,” he said.
“There are millions of Madridistas scattered all over the world and, as is the case for families at this time of year, this is a good opportunity to strengthen the bond that unites us all.
“Real Madrid is an incredible passion we all share and represents a set of values that we must continue to instill in the younger generations.
“We wake up each morning spurred on in our quest to add to our legend and nothing matters more in this regard than standing united, that is what will make us even greater and stronger.
“I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.”
Benitez has been forced to play down suggestions of dressing room unrest during his maiden campaign at the club and Mourinho’s availability has only fuelled speculation over the Spaniard’s future.
“My wish is that all the Real Madrid supporters can enjoy good health and enjoy the holidays with their families,” Benitez added.
“I hope we can celebrate a lot of wins for them. I wish all the fans a very Merry Christmas.”
Captain Sergio Ramos added: “Of course it goes without saying, we the team are going to give it our all to make 2016 a great year and ensure we are able to celebrate important silverware in Cibeles at the end of the season with all the supporters.”