Real Madrid have made a decision on Santiago Solari's future amid Jose Mourinho links

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Following Jose Mourinho's departure from Machester United last month, there's been a bit of speculation over his future in the game - and where he's going to go next.

Reports earlier this week suggested that he's turned down an offer to manage Benfica, despite apparently being assured that money is no object. 

Instead, the talk now surrounds Mourinho returning to European giants Real Madrid instead. 

It's fair to say that the Champions League holders have been struggling this season - and they sacked their manager, Julen Lopetegui, back in October. 

Santiago Solari was named as his successor a couple of weeks later, and the Argentine is expected to stay until the end of the season. 

However, despite winning 11 of the 15 games Solari has overseen, Madrid suffered another embarrassing loss last weekend. 

They were beaten 2-0 at the Bernabeu by Real Sociedad, and that's led to serious speculation over Solari's future - especially with Mourinho now unemployed.

The Portuguese tactician is apparently interested in a return to Spain - as long as he's allowed to make a number of signings - and strengthen both in defence and up top. 

And, according to the Daily Mail, the Spanish club have now made a decision on who they want in the hot seat. 

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STICKING WITH SOLARI  

The paper writes that Madrid and Florentino Perez will keep faith in Solari unless the team's form deteriorates significantly, per comments made on Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. 

Further to those reports, Spanish journalist Paco Gonzalez has revealed that only a 'bloodbath' would see the current boss sacked before their campaign comes to an end in May. 

So, it appears that Real are set to stand by Solari unless things start going seriously wrong over the next few months. 

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Although they're 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, Los Blancos are still in the last 16 of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey - meaning this season is far from a write-off. 

Still, improvements will be needed if Solari wants to stay at the Bernabeu past this summer - especially now Mourinho is back in the picture.

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