Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid ready to offer Jose Mourinho return to Bernabeu
Published 23/12/2015 | 17:12
Rafael Benitez is set to be sacked as head coach of Real Madrid in the next few days and Jose Mourinho is being lined up as his replacement, according to fresh reports in Spain.
Caneda Ser radio station are reporting that former Real Madrid boss Mourinho could set for a return to the Spanish capital, with club President Florentino Perez ready to welcome back the coach who left to join Chelsea in 2013.
Mourinho won the Spanish title during his time with Real Madrid and as they have not lifted the biggest trophy in Spain since that success, Perez may be ready to recruit the coach who was sacked by Chelsea last week.
If the reports in Spain are accurate, Manchester United’s reported interest in Mourinho may hasten Real Madrid’s desire to make the change before the two-time Champions League winner is offered the chance to succeed under-pressure United boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes has denied that he has been in talks with United officials over a deal for his client to replace Van Gaal, but it is clear that the coach dismissed by Chelsea last Thursday is keen to secure a quick return to the game.
Benitez’s position at Real Madrid has been under scrutiny for weeks, with his turbulent start to his time as the club’s head coach hitting a low point last month as Barcelona won 4-0 at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has publicly supported Benitez despite suggestions that he has failed to forge any kind of working relationship with the Real Madrid players, yet it appears that his tenure as boss may not have long to run.
Benitez was only appointed as successor to Carlo Ancelotti last summer, but he has struggled to convince the doubters that he is the right man to lead a club.
Meanwhile, there are suggestions that some members of the Real Madrid dressing room would not welcome Mourinho’s return, after some fell out with the Portuguese tactician during his first spell at the club.
However, Mourinho has confirmed that he continues to have a strong working relationship with Real Madrid chief Perez, who is widely reported to be keen to bring him back to the Bernabeu at some point in the future.