Real Madrid is lining up with Jose Mourinho as manager, including Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Kalidou Koulibaly. Man Utd will get £10m from Real Madrid for the Portuguese despite settling compensation with sacked boss. The former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho calls prospect of Real Madrid return a ‘tremendous honour’.
The former Manchester United boss has been linked with several of his old clubs – most prominently Real Madrid – after leaving Old Trafford in December.
As Real Madrid prepare to welcome Mourinho back to Santiago Bernabeu where he won Copa del Rey final the first season in charge (2010-2011) by defeating arch-rivals Bacelona 1-0 and ending Real Madrid’s 18-year-long Copa del Rey drought; it was also Real’s first trophy since their 2007–08 La Liga title.
In his second season in charge Real Madrid won 0–3 against Athletic Bilbao to clinch the Liga title for the first time in four years. Then advanced to semi-finals of the Champions League for the second consecutive year.
His third and final season saw Real Madrid reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third consecutive year under his management, however it was overshadowed with a tumultuous dressing room; his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo became difficult because, according to Mourinho, the player “maybe thinks that he knows everything and that the coach cannot improve him anymore”, so was unwilling to accept constructive criticism. Mourinho was also criticized for controversial incidents, including poking Tito Vilanova (then assistant coach at Barcelona) in the eye during a brawl, continual complaints about refereeing bias, clashes with journalists and Real officials, and frequent hints that Barça received favourable treatment from UEFA.
Finally 2013 Copa del Rey final loss to Atlético Madrid on 17 May, Mourinho called the 2012–13 season “the worst of my career”. Three days later, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez announced Mourinho would leave the club at the end of the season by “mutual agreement”, a year after signing a contract extension.
According to The Sun “Mourinho appeared to hint he is ready to go back to Madrid although Benfica, where he quit in 2000 after just nine games in his first managerial job, also want him to return in place of sacked Rui Vitoria.
He said: “There are things that have been said and I do not want to feed those rumours.
“But when a player or coach is asked to come back to a club it means they did something positive there.
“I felt that when I returned to Chelsea. When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honor.
It’s not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know, they’ve already been there, and if they invite you it’s because they know the value of the person.”