One of the reasons why Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Manchester United target Sergio Ramos to leave the Bernabeu this summer is because he plans to bring Jose Mourinho back from Chelsea ‘as soon as possible’.
This is according to well-connected El Pais journalist Diego Torres, who understands Perez has the ambitious idea of bringing Mourinho back to Madrid but knows that is unlikely to happen with Ramos still at the Bernabeu.
Ramos, who wants to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United this summer, was one of the key players who fell out with Mourinho towards the end of the Portuguese coach’s three-year spell with the club in 2013.
Perez, Torres adds, also blames Iker Casillas, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo for Mourinho’s failure at Real Madrid. While Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria were also blamed but have since left the Spanish giants.
Torres signed off by suggesting there’s every chance that Ramos will become a Manchester United player in time for the start of the 2015-16 campaign, adding: “Ramos wants to leave. United want to sign him. Madrid want to transfer him. It would be rare that this does not end as everyone wishes.”
Jose Mourinho is happy at Chelsea
But what chance, if any, do Real Madrid have of luring Mourinho back to the Bernabeu?
Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he feels happy and content at Stamford Bridge, particularly after winning the Capital One Cup and Premier League trophies last season.
He has assembled a team that looks capable of dominating English football for the foreseeable future and is keen to strengthen his squad still further ahead of the start of next season.
Back in February, Mourinho revealed an interview with BT Sport that he would like to be with Chelsea for the next 10 years.
He has felt a strong connection with the club and its supporters since he first arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2004 - and that bond has been strengthened since he returned to the west London club in the summer of 2013.
Bad news for Rafael Benitez
Mourinho often cut a moody figure in his final season with Real Madrid, stressed with the pressures of managing arguably the world’s biggest football clubs where some of the game’s biggest egos ply their trade, and might be reluctant to return to that environment - even if he feels he has unfinished business at the Bernabeu after failing to deliver the European Cup.
That Perez is already looking to bring Mourinho back to Madrid is bad news for Rafael Benitez, who hasn’t taken charge of a single match yet.
Benitez was replaced by Mourinho at Chelsea two summers ago - but it would be a huge surprise if history repeats itself either next summer or in the future given the acrimonious way in which Mourinho left Real Madrid.
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