Mourinho advisers in Real Madrid talks...but he wants a job in England
Jose Mourinho’s advisers have staged fresh discussions with Real Madrid chiefs in recent days - but he has again confirmed his preference is to return to the game with a top Premier League club.
While Mourinho has been persistently linked with a summer move to Manchester United over recent months, Old Trafford chiefs have yet to give a green light for the ex-Chelsea boss to replace Louis van Gaal.
Now Mourinho is being tempted by a return to the coveted post he vacated in May 2013, with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez desperate to rehire the last coach that brought the Spanish title to his club.
Independent.ie understands that Perez has made it clear to Mourinho that the door is open for his second stint at the Bernabeu, along with the promise that he will be given time to reshape a team that could be ready off-load Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Mourinho is open to the idea of a return to the Bernabeu, but his desire is to remain in English football as he eyes up a move to replace his old mentor Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
If Van Gaal guides United to a top four finish in the Premier League and succeeds in adding FA Cup success to conclude a troubled season, he may well be given a green light to carry on for the third and final season of his Old Trafford contract.
That would means Mourinho is forced to consider alternative options, with the criteria he will demand in his next job spelled out in his comments on Friday.
“I'll take my ideas to where they are wanted. I like to be where I am truly wanted,” he said, amid suggestions that senior Old Trafford chiefs are not convinced about Mourinho’s suitability for their top job. “You have to be where you are wanted and I need to feel comfortable.
“I want to work in a club with responsibilities, I want to work in a club with a difficult league, where there are no easy targets. Within these possibilities, there are not many options for me. Calmly, we will decide.”
Novice coach Zinedine Zidane is currently in charge of Real Madrid, but his position is under threat as they looks to overcome a 2-0 first leg deficit in their Champions League quarter-final next Tuesday.
Confirmation of Mourinho's talks with Real Madrid will pile the pressure on Man Utd chiefs, who are waiting to decide whether to stick with Van Gaal for another season.
Meanwhile, Mourinho was in attendance at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night as he watched the Charles Martin v Anthony Joshua world heavyweight title fight, as he suggested he was keen to remain in England’s Premier League if possible.
Jose Mourinho, ringside at Martin v Joshua: "I don't have a contract with another club...I'd prefer to stay in England. I love the country"— Rob Maul (@Rob_Maul) April 9, 2016