Mourinho return sparks Premier League renaissance talk

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Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has sparked talk of a return to the Premier League after being pictured house hunting in west London yesterday, according to The Mirror.

The Portuguese manager, who spent three years with Chelsea between 2004-2007, is reportedly ready to quit Madrid after two seasons at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho looks set to win the La Liga title in his final season at Madrid, toppling a Barcelona side who have claimed the domestic title in each of the last three seasons.

A source told The Mirror: "It’s no secret Jose wants another crack at the Premier League.

“He has always felt like he has a ­particular bond with English fans and had some of the happiest years of his life managing Chelsea.

“He has unfinished business and would love to win the ­European Cup with a big side, which is one thing he didn’t manage to do in England. It also helps that he loves living in London, and his family are used to the city.”

A potential move to London could open the door for a return to the Premier League, with three clubs mentioned as potential destinations.

Footballing romantics will be hoping Mourinho can make a long-awaited return to Chelsea, five years after leaving Stamford Bridge.

The club are going through something of a transition period under Andre Villas-Boas, who is beginning to rid the squad of many of the players who endured success under Mourinho during his first spell at the club.

His arrival in London in the summer would be ideal timing for Tottenham Hotspur, who expect to lose manager Harry Redknapp at the end of the season.

Redknapp is hotly tipped to succeed Fabio Capello and interim boss Stuart Pearce as the permanent England manager, despite a successful season with Spurs, which saw them briefly flirt with a the idea of a Premier League title challenge.

Mourinho would be seen as the ideal candidate to continue Redknapp's good work, which saw the 64-year-old take the north-Londoners from the Premier League relegation zone to the Champions League quarter-final in just over two years.

A more unlikely destination would be Arsenal, in the event that current boss Arsene Wenger quits this summer. The Frenchman has come under fire from supporters following another campaign in which the Gunners look destined to finish trophy-less.

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