Jose Mourinho seems to be coming to the end of his managerial reign at European giants Real Madrid, but where will he choose to go next in order to continue his successful career?
Personally I have no doubt that the self-styled ‘Special One’ will be back in London at Chelsea by the start of next season following Rafael Benitez’s disclosure that he will leave the club.
Mourinho is worshipped in west London due to his previous spell there where he achieved huge success. During his spell at Chelsea from 2004-07 Mourinho won six trophies including two Premier League titles and an FA Cup. He was also undefeated in all home league games. The only criticism that could be aimed at him was his failure to land the coveted Champions League.
Mourinho will have a choice of clubs which he may like to manage but the lure of finishing off the job he started may well be too much of a temptation for him. He may be enticed by the promise of riches at the likes of Manchester City or Paris St Germain but Roman Abramovich must surely be able to match their financial clout.
Chelsea have undergone a very disappointing season, despite a possible triumph in the Europa League. They should be challenging both Manchester clubs for the Premier League title and must be challenging the top clubs in Europe for the Champions League but in truth they have been well off the pace on both fronts.
There have also been issues surrounding the senior players, such as the contractual sagas of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. I am sure Mourinho would not let these issues become as public as what they have done and he would possibly make every effort to keep hold of his best and most influential players.
Mourinho’s previous spell at Chelsea did see him have several disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich which, depending on their severity, may lead to barriers in him returning. Mourinho may also agree with the old saying that you should never return to a former club. However, Mourinho has stressed that he wants to be at a club where he will be loved and wanted and Chelsea is the perfect club for him in that sense.
I am sure Chelsea fans will hope to have the 'Special One' back for next season and I am sure Mourinho will want to be back. If Mourinho does return then expectations of him will be very high. He will need to be challenging for trophies on all fronts almost straight away.
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