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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ex-Real Madrid president convinced Jose Mourinho will return if he doesn't go to Man United

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon is convinced Jose Mourinho will return to the Bernabeu next season, if he is not appointed as Manchester United manager.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 amid much acrimony, with Calderon among those speaking out against his brand of explosive management that saw the Spanish super-club come into confrontation with rival clubs and the game’s authorities.

Yet Calderon expects Mourinho to be brought back to Madrid by current President Florentino Perez and suspects it could be as soon as next summer unless current coach Zinedine Zidane delivers Champions League glory this season.

“If Mourinho doesn't sign for Manchester United, he will be Real Madrid's next coach. I am completely sure of that,” Calderon is quoted by AS.

“If the team doesn't win anything, sadly, we'll be seeing Mourinho on the bench again. That's my feeling.

“He will return and then we'll be back to the war games, fire-starting, uncomfortable press conference, FIFA, UEFA, UNICEF… that wasn't the best time for the club. Now, without him, there's a lot more peace.

“He provoked a series of conflicts which no one wants and it's far from ideal. The president has been trying to coax him back for the past year, he's tried on a number of occasions.

“Florentino is going nuts to see Mourinho back at the club. If things don't go well, Zidane won't continue.”

Perez remains a firm admirer of Mourinho, after the Portuguese tactician guided Real Madrid to a title glory over Barcelona in 2012.

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