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Will Rafael Benitez be at the Bernabeu next season? (©GettyImages)
Will Rafael Benitez be at the Bernabeu next season? (©GettyImages).

As Real Madrid’s season slowly comes to an end, there are many questions still on the mind of their fans.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club and return back to Manchester, or set out on a new adventure in Paris? Will Iker Casillas stay at the club? But the biggest question of all is: will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid and return back to Chelsea?

A number of sources are saying that “The Special One” is set to return to a place where people love him. The season has been a bit of a let down for some fans as rivals Barcelona are one win away from clinching their 22nd La Liga title.

Real Madrid were also eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League after losing to Borussia Dortmund, 4-3 on aggregate. Despite having a rough season, Real Madrid could still collect silverware as they square off with city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

In the event Mourinho leaves Real they won’t have to look far as a number of candidates would be well-suited to the job.

1. Carlo Ancelotti | Paris Saint Germain

Ancelotti has not been a fan of life in the French capital and is possibly looking for a switch. PSG are one win away from clinching their first Ligue 1 title since 1994.

The Parisian club bowed out of the Champions League quarter-finals after they lost to Barcelona 3-3 on away goals. Ancelotti would be a great fit as he has won the Champions League twice with Milan and would be the most ideal to deliver the tenth Champions League title to Madrid.

2. Rafael Benitez | Chelsea

Benitez said in a press conference on Tuesday that he won’t be returning to Chelsea.

The Spaniard has been a hate figure for the Chelsea faithful after the firing of former manager Robert Di Matteo. Di Matteo delivered Chelsea their first European Cup in an improbable run last year.

Benitez came in on November 21st and has been criticised for every move he made. With Jose Mourinho set to take over the reigns at Chelsea, Benitez could go in the other direction and return to Madrid. Rafa played seven years for Real’s reserve team from 1974-1981. He then returned for two years to coach the reserve team from 1993-1995.

Benitez would love to return to the home city and lead his boyhood club to glory. He has an impressive resume as he won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup with Valencia, in addition to winning the 2004/05 Champions League with Liverpool in stunning fashion.

3. Diego Simeone | Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone has done an unbelievable job since coming to Madrid in 2011.

He has guided Atletico Madrid to a Europa League title as Atletico beat league foes Athletic Bilbao 3-0 last May. He also led his team to a 4-1 dismantling of last years Champions League winners Chelsea after Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick in the first half to stun Chelsea.

This move seems questionable because Simeone spent five seasons with Atletico as a player, first from 1994-1997, then from 2003-2005. The Argentine has an impressive win ratio and has caused Real Madrid a bit of trouble as Atletico were fighting for second place.

Atletico seems to be heading for that third and final direct qualification spot into the Champions Leaguegroup stages. I wouldn’t be surprised if Real did make an offer for him.

4. Jupp Heynckes | Bayern Munich

Despite Heynckes saying he is going to retire after the season there is still a chance he could return to his old stomping ground.

Heynckes was the manager of Real for one season from 1997-1998. During this season he ended the 32-year drought and brought the Champions League to the Spanish capital.

The romance only lasted for one year as Heynckes finished fourth and 11 points behind Barcelona in the league. Heynckes would be a good choice as he knows the language and knows the flow of the Spanish game.

5. Andre Villas-Boas | Tottenham

Villas-Boas has been doing well at Tottenham this year. He has a young coach but has a great amount of experience.

Villas-Boas coached Portuguese giants FC Porto for one year and led them to an immediate treble. He finished the season with a win percentage above 88 per cent.

After struggling to fit in at Chelsea, Villas-Boas was hired by Tottenham at the beginning of the season and has them fighting for a Champions League spot.

Villas-Boas is kind of an outsider but could get the job if Tottenham Winger Gareth Bale makes a move to the Spanish capital.

 

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