Man Utd included a clause in Jose Mourinho's contract that impacts Real Madrid

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It hasn't even been a month since Jose Mourinho was sacked at Manchester United, yet the Portuguese is already being linked with a return to management at the top level.

Real Madrid are the supposed suitors as their disastrous form in La Liga continues under Santiago Solari.

Sunday's 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad was Los Blancos' sixth of the season, which saw them fall 10 points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Solari's job is now under huge threat and reports in Spain claim Real chiefs want to bring back Mourinho to save their season.

Mourinho, whose demands include a new striker and centre-back if he's to return, has even hinted that he's interested in a second spell.

"There are things that have been said and I do not want to feed those rumours," he said, "but when a player or coach is asked to come back to a club it means they did something positive there.

"I felt that when I returned to Chelsea. When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.

"It's not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know, they've already been there, and if they invite you it's because they know the value of the person."

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It was never going to take long for Mourinho to find a new job, but it has to be said that United's decision to sack him was the right one.

Paul Pogba and co. are thriving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attacking brand of football, rather than Mourinho's defensive approach.

And it sounds like it could get even better for United should Real re-hire Mourinho, because doing so would trigger a clause in the 55-year-old's previous contract.

When Mourinho joined United in 2016, chief executive Ed Woodward included a release agreement that allowed them to claim compensation if he joined a new club within 12 months of leaving.

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The amount United would be entitled to is £10m, which Real will have to fork over if they make Mourinho their manager before December 18, 2019.

This is according to The Sun, who add that Chelsea included a similar clause in Mourinho's contract that forced United to pay £15m when they hired him.

Seems Woodward has learned his lesson - and now Real are set to pay the price.

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