Jose Mourinho to return to Real Madrid this summer
Jose Mourinho is expected to be offered the chance to become the new coach of Real Madrid. Sources have told Telegraph Sport that the club is “almost 100 per cent” sure it can bring back Mourinho, who left in 2013, after three years at the Bernabéu, to return to Chelsea.
There appears to be a growing campaign for the Portuguese, who was sacked by Manchester United in December after a dismal start to the season and with a demoralised squad.
It would be a remarkable turn of events for Mourinho, whose time in charge of Real proved divisive and appeared to take its toll on him. When he returned to Chelsea it was said by club sources that he was not quite the same character who had left, but it is understood he is keen on making the move back to the Spanish giants and recently told beIN Sports that he had “no problem” about returning.
Santiago Solari, the current coach, has a contract until 2021, but has no chance of staying in charge next season after Real crashed out of the Champions League with a humiliating home defeat by Ajax in the round of 16.
Solari is expected to see out the remainder of this campaign, even though Mourinho is out of work at present. Neither he nor other big-name coaches would want to take over during the season.
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Real fans chanted for Mourinho after the Ajax game and, tellingly, he told the Spanish TV station El Chiringuito: “I am proud of that, but Real Madrid have a manager. Obviously it’s a reason to be proud, but nothing more than that.
“There has been nothing [between me and the club] – not even the minimum contact. I haven’t done that [spoken to the players or the president]. Like you say, there are rumours. But rumours in football are bad.”
Not all rumours, it seems. While Mourinho may not have had any direct contract with Real, as he has claimed, it is understood there have been discussions between representatives.
Real are 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who also knocked them out of the Copa del Rey, which means their season is already over in terms of silverware.
The pressure is mounting on Florentino Perez, the club president, who has maintained a good relationship with Mourinho, having hired him in the first place, and has always indicated he would like him to come back at some stage.
Whoever takes over has a major rebuilding job, with an ageing squad and the club saddled with a crippling wage bill and without the kind of budget to buy new players that would be expected.
Whether that appeals to Mourinho remains to be seen, but it is understood that there have been positive noises from his camp about the possibility of making a return.