No Real Madrid Return For Mourinho

Manner Of His 2013 Departure Still Fresh In Perez’s Mind

Jose Mourinho Real Madrid

Real Madrid aren’t interested in bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club.

The former Manchester United boss has been linked with a return to the Bernabeu where he was head coach between 2010 and 2013.

There has been speculation that Real president Florentino Perez could make a move for Mourinho. That’s despite the Portugese coach causing a dressing-room split during his final season at the club. The Madrid players were split between the Portugese speakers and Spanish speakers. It came after Mourinho dropped keeper Iker Casillas.

But Spanish newspaper Marca claims that while relations are good between Mourinho, Perez and Real managing director Jose Angel Sanchez, the way Mourinho’s tenure as head coach came to an end five years ago hasn’t been forgotten at the Bernabeu.

Texts of condolences have been sent between the La Liga side and Mourinho but that’s as far as it goes.

Both Perez and Sanchez are happy with coach Santi Solari and are confident he will lead them into the second half of the season challenging for the Champions League and battling to cut the – at present – five-point gap between fourth-placed Madrid and league leaders Barcelona.

Solari was asked on Tuesday about rumours concerning a possible return for Mourinho.

“How would I be worried about rumours or speculation about Real Madrid?” he replied.

“It happens every day, it is just part of our reality. I feel the same as when I arrived here to work as a coach, and further back as a player. That is to give everything in my job every day, that is my way of viewing football.”

For his part, Mourinho is unlikely to look for another job before the summer. He has a tendency not to take on any new role mid-season and that isn’t expected to change following his exit from Old Trafford.