Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho hopes Sir Alex Ferguson is still managing Manchester United when the 'Special One' returns to England.

That all but rules him out of replacing Ferguson at Manchester United, according to talkSPORT.

The former-Chelsea manager has revealed he intends to return to the Premier League when he leaves the Spanish capital - and said earlier this month he would consider every English club.

But, speaking to CNN, and addressing the possibility of replacing Ferguson at United, Mourinho said: "No, the perfect scenario when I go there is to coach, because I think football will lose a lot when he stops and there are not young managers and old managers.

"For me, he's the boss. I call him the boss because he's the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Man United."

Mourinho went on to reveal he has no immediate plans to leave the Bernabeu after signing a four-year deal at Madrid, but confirmed his next move would definitely be back to England.

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to their first La Liga title since 2008 last year, but they have struggled to replicate that so far during this campaign.

The Bernabeu-based club lie eight points behind league leaders Barcelona, although they can cut that lead down to five points with a victory during next weekend's El Clasico at the Nou Camp. Mourinho and Madrid ran out 2-1 winners during their last league visit to Catalonia, and they'll need a similar result this time around.

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