Mourinho will return to manage Real Madrid following his departure from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Mourinho was sacked by the Premier League champions for a second time on Thursday afternoon with the club sitting just one point above the relegation zone. However, Balague believes Mourinho will be back in charge of Real, with the Portuguese having coached the La Liga club between 2010 and 2013, winning the title in 2012.
“The Catalan press celebrated it [Mourinho’s sacking], because anything bad to do with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho, they celebrate,””The Madrid press meanwhile have started to speculate about what will happen with his future. “First they are trying to explain why this has happened and why is it that so many players have come out to just say goodbye to him, which is not close to what happened at Real Madrid when he had only two players backing him up.” said Balague.
Real boss Rafael Benitez is currently enduring a difficult first season in the Spanish capital, with the club third in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona. Even though Florentino Perez has ruled out such a move, Balague is “convinced” the Real president will again turn to the Portuguese to bring the La Liga crown back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Balague said: “Straight away the president of Real Madrid came out on a radio show last night saying: ‘I cannot predict the future.”And that means at some point maybe, but not now. He does not want Rafa Benitez to go and Jose Mourinho to replace him. “I am convinced [Mourinho will manage Madrid]. On the one hand I feel that Jose Mourinho changed after he left Real Madrid, perhaps because he felt there was unfinished business there. “And secondly Florentino still feels he is the manager who has given him more than all the managers he has had and he has had plenty. “So winning that league with 100 points against the best Barcelona in history is something that Florentino remembers. And also the fact that Jose is a manager he is a coach but also the man in charge of the sporting decisions is something that Florentino feels very attracted about.”