With it looking certain that Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea, it leaves the question as to who will replace him at Real Madrid?

For me, the man who currently holds the job that Mourinho looks to be taking is the perfect replacement: Rafael Benitez.

Real Madrid are undoubtedly looking for someone who can guide them to the Champions League trophy, something they haven't achieved since 2002.

Benitez has won every major European trophy out there, including the Champions League when managing Liverpool in 2005.

The most recent success for the Spaniard came in the Europa League this season as his Chelsea side beat Benfica 2-1 in the final in Amsterdam.

Real Madrid have won the Champions League, or European Cup as it used to be known, more times than anyone else with nine victories although, despite having a great list of managers over the past decade, nobody has guided them to the final since Vicente Del Bosque did in 2002, when they beat Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow.

Mourinho has led his Madrid side to every major domestic title in his three years at the club, including knocking Barcelona off top spot in La Liga last season, but the furthest he has got them in Europe was to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

This semi-final position has been achieved in all three seasons that Mourinho has managed Real Madrid with Barcelona denying them in 2011, and German opposition beating them the next two years.

This year, his team were beaten in the last four 4-3 on aggregate by Borussia Dortmund.

Benitez looks to be favouring Spain for his next managerial job having performed poorly when managing Inter Milan, and with the Real Madrid vacancy coming up, it seems a perfect fit.


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