Jose Mourinho set to be offered Real Madrid return - reports
Jose Mourinho is set to offered the chance to return to Real Madrid this summer, in a move that could end Manchester United’s increasingly tepid interest in hiring the Portuguese tactician.
Widespread reports in the UK newspapers and rumours in Spain suggest Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has been in touch with Mourinho’s advisers to assess his mood as he weighs up his options ahead of his return to the game following his sacking from Chelsea last December.
Mourinho is believed to be eager to be handed the chance to succeed Louis van Gaal as United manager, but the noises coming out of Old Trafford in recent days suggest club officials are not convinced that the decorated tactician is the right man to fill the club’s managerial hot-seat.
Former United manager and current director Alex Ferguson offered his backing for Van Gaal to continue into the third and final year of his contract last week, while there is a feeling that his assistant Ryan Giggs remains the favoured choice to take over.
Mourinho’s links with a return to Real Madrid are no surprise, with President Perez a firm admirer of the coach who brought the Spanish title to his club in 2012.
Even though he left the club amid much acrimony to make his return to Chelsea in the summer of 2013, Perez’s desire to reappoint Mourinho has not been diluted and he may be set to act on that ambition in the coming weeks.
Mourinho is reported to be “concerned” by the lack of contact his officials have had with United chiefs in recent weeks, with their support for the much-maligned Van Gaal holding firm heading into the final month of the season.
A top four finish and success in the FA Cup may be enough to secure the Dutchman an extended stay at United, leaving Mourinho to consider alternative options as he looks to land one of the game’s elite posts.