The Spain international feels Mourinho did not burn bridges with the Real Madrid supporters despite the acrimonious manner in which he left the club in the summer of 2013 - and says he remains a big fan of the world-class Portuguese coach.
Many of Arbeloa’s teammates appeared to lose faith in the divisive Mourinho towards the end of his tenure at the Bernabeu - most notably club captain Iker Casillas - while a large proportion of the club’s supporters also turned on the former FC Porto and Inter Milan boss.
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Arbeloa: Mourinho could return
However, Arbeloa insists the idea of Mourinho one day returning to Real Madrid to manage for a second spell is not beyond the realms of possibility.
"I don't know when, but there is a chance he may return to Real Madrid.” he said in an interview to Neox TV's 'El Chiringuito,’ according to Marca. “I don't believe he caused a rift amongst the Bernabéu faithful. I'm a Mourinho fan and I sometimes try to emulate him. I try to do things a certain way, never making excuses or fearing who I am.”
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Arbeloa admits friendships were affected
At the time of Mourinho’s departure, two separate camps had formed inside the divided Real Madrid dressing room: those pro-Mourinho, and those against the current Chelsea manager.
Arbeloa admits he only had a few close friends at the club after Mourinho departed, but claims it’s now water under the bridge.
The 32-year-old commented: ”I had friends like Xabi [Alonso], [Raul] Albiol, [Jose] Callejón... who have all since left, but I get on well with all the lads here now".
And Arbeloa even insists that he even gets on with Casillas nowadays, adding: “It is ancient history.
"We don't have any problems with each other now; we didn't need to talk about it, time always heals this sort of thing.”
Mourinho may have unfinished business at Real Madrid
Mourinho may feel he has unfinished business at the Bernabeu. Brought to the club to help Real Madrid win their tenth European Cup, the 52-year-old ultimately failed to achieve his primary objective.
He did, however, win La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his three years with the Spanish giants, and left the foundations for his successor Carlo Ancelotti to win ‘La Decima’ last season.
Settled and happy at Chelsea
Mourinho appears very settled at Chelsea and has reiterated his desire to stay with the Blues for up to the next ten years.
He is currently in the process of assembling a team with the potential to dominate English football for several years, and is on course to deliver the Premier League title in his second season back at Stamford Bridge.
The chances of Mourinho returning to Real Madrid then, certainly within the next five to ten years, appear extremely slim.
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