Jose Mourinho has been largely tipped to part ways with Real Madrid at the end of this season.
Many pundits and fans expect him to make a return to the Premier League immediately after, bearing in mind Chelsea’s intention of finding an efficient replacement for interim boss Rafael Benitez this summer.
The former Liverpool boss replaced Roberto Di Matteo at the London club in November last year, but has hinted at a return for Mourinho, who was active at Chelsea between 2004 and 2007.
"The next year there will be another manager. I think everybody knows who will be here,” Benitez told the press on Tuesday.
Indeed, Mourinho is presently said to be sailing through turbulent waves at Real Madrid, as a result of his damaged bond with some of his players, among which are Portuguese defender Pepe and Spanish keeper Iker Casillas.
Subsequent to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s strong desire to reunite with his former tactician, Mourinho will most likely accept a lucrative bid from the Blues.
However, the former Inter Milan manager has rejected accusations suggesting that he was provoking the Spanish titans to sack him in an attempt to receive a substantial settlement.
“To make things clear, I will tell you that I will [only] be paid until my last working day here,” Mourinho clarified. “I do not want even one euro more the day I decide that I am not going to continue [here at Real Madrid].”
But whilst the Special One’s anticipated return at Chelsea will probably mark the start of a major alteration in Abramovich’s regime, former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino has asserted that he would not be stunned if Mourinho was to include Cristiano Ronaldo in his list of players to drag to Stamford Bridge.
"I would not be surprised if Cristiano Ronaldo ends up at Chelsea," the ex-Ireland international told talkSPORT. “There are lots of times in football where managers leave a club and bring players with them.”
Cascarino brought to light the interesting fact that Mourinho and Ronaldo both have the same agent, Jorge Mendes.
“Everyone is assuming that he [Ronaldo] would go to Manchester United if he was to leave Real Madrid, which he probably will do, because it is their last chance to get a really big fee for him," he added. “But Chelsea have broken the [transfer] record so many times and Mourinho has the same agent.”
Indeed, Russian billionaire Abramovich will have to flex his financial muscles once again in the upcoming transfer window, in view of the fact that Manchester United have called on their top commercial partners in a bid to bring bring back Ronaldo to Old Trafford on a sponsored deal.
Should Chelsea benefit from the Mourinho-Ronaldo duo next season, then the Blues will be placing themselves at the centre of yet another controversy, by signing a player who was once a part of a rival club.
Early in 2011, the Blues heated up their rivalry with Liverpool after they lured former Red striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge in a £50m deal.
This summer, Chelsea are poised to make massive changes to their squad, and the arrival of Mourinho, as well as the transfer of Ronaldo, could be the perfect moves for them to impose their supremacy once again at domestic level.
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