Real Madrid want Jose Mourinho to replace Rafael Benitez

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Jose Mourinho is in demand
Jose Mourinho is in demand

Jose Mourinho is being lined up to make a sensational return to Real Madrid, according to fresh reports in Spain.

Rafael Benitez is tipped to be sacked as Real Madrid boss in the coming days and despite strong suggestions that Mourinho is keen to become the next Manchester United manager, he is being tipped in Spain to make a comeback at the Bernabeu.

Caneda Ser radio station are reporting that former Real Madrid boss Mourinho could return to the club he won the Spanish title with in 2012, with club President Florentino Perez ready to welcome back the coach he continues to have good relationship with.

If the reports in Spain are accurate, Manchester United’s reported interest in Mourinho may hasten Real Madrid’s desire to make the change before the two-time Champions League winner is offered the chance to succeed under-pressure United boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes has denied that he has been in talks with United officials over a deal for his client to replace Van Gaal, but it is clear that the coach dismissed by Chelsea last Thursday is keen to secure a quick return to the game.

Benitez’s position at Real Madrid has been under scrutiny for weeks, with his turbulent start to his time as the club’s head coach hitting a low point last month as Barcelona won 4-0 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has publicly supported Benitez despite suggestions that he has failed to forge any kind of working relationship with the Real Madrid players, yet it appears that his tenure as boss may not have long to run.

Benitez was only appointed as successor to Carlo Ancelotti last summer, but he has struggled to convince the doubters that he is the right man to lead a club.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions that some members of the Real Madrid dressing room would not welcome Mourinho’s return, after some fell out with the Portuguese tactician during his first spell at the club.

However, Mourinho has confirmed that he continues to have a close working relationship with Real Madrid chief Perez, who is widely reported to be keen to bring him back to the Bernabeu at some point in the future.