The Special One, Jose Mourinho is unlikely to be out of work for very long after being sacked by Manchester United, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly keen to bring him back to the Bernabeu. The Portuguese coach had his contract at Old Trafford terminated on Tuesday morning after overseeing United’s worst start to a Premier League season in 28 years.
However, his stock remains high in Europe and, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais, he is already being lined up to lead a rebuild of Real Madrid and was twice offered a return this season. Los Blancos have endured a difficult campaign themselves, with Julen Lopetegui replaced by Santiago Solari, and they still sit fourth in the Liga table and were humiliated 3-0 at home to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Perez does not see Solari as the long-term solution, however, and wants Mourinho to oversee a complete overhaul of the squad. He reached out to Mourinho’s camp twice in recent months, offering him £18m a year after tax as well as promising him complete control over buying and selling players.
Mourinho infamously fell out with the likes of Sergio Ramos during his previous spell at Real, though the Spanish centre-back is often talked about by club bosses as someone that needs to leave if they are to regenerate the squad. Perez is convinced that he needs to demolish the old team that won three straight Champions League titles and start fresh, and he wants Mourinho to lead their revival.
Mourinho initially declined Perez’s previous advances and did not envisage his reign at Manchester United ending so swiftly, though could now be tempted to return to the Spanish capital.
Solari was asked about rumours linking Mourinho with his job, and replied: ‘I have the utmost respect and admiration for all my colleagues, professionals and amateurs, who also do an exceptional job. ‘And with more reason to those who have been a part of this club and have given us joys and have given the maximum so that this club does well. And how could I worry that there is speculation about Madrid? That happens every day.