Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho looks set for a return to Stamford Bridge, as a flurry of betting has seen ‘The Special One’s’ odds to be the next Chelsea manager slashed to just 4/5 with Boylesports.com.
Mourinho is currently preparing his squad for the second ‘Clasico’ of a massive week for the club. Having masterminded a stunning 1-3 Copa del Rey win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, Mourinho’s squad will face Barcelona on Saturday at the Bernabeu, as they try to cut Barcelona’s significant lead in the title.
With the La Liga title certain to return to the Camp Nou, Mourinho has set his sights on a Champions League and European Cup double. However, they face the tough task of a second-leg tie with Manchester United at Old Trafford, after a 1-1 draw in the first-leg in Madrid. Mourinho is a European Cup specialist, having won the competition with Porto and Inter Milan and would love to do the same with Madrid.
Mourinho’s fractious relationship with the Madrid board and the Spanish media has worsened in recent times, following a number of outbursts and tiffs with Barcelona. Current Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is believed to have run out of patience with the Portuguese and Mourinho is all but set to leave in the summer. Rumours of a straight swap between Mourinho and Paris Saint-Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti are wide of the mark, with the former setting his sights on a return to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho was very successful during his stint at Chelsea, leading them to the 2004/05 and 2005/06 Premier League titles, as well as winning the FA Cup once and the League Cup twice. He unexpectedly left Chelsea by ‘mutual consent’ in September 2007 following a series of disputes with Russian owner Roman Abramovich. However, both men are willing to put their differences aside in an attempt to get Chelsea dining at the Premier League’s top table again.
Rafael Benitez’ recent ‘Rafa rant’ looks like he is set to make a sooner-than-expected exit from the club, with Roman Abramovich ready to ditch the Spaniard before the end of the season. Abramovich has not taken too kindly to Benitez’ public lambasting of the Chelsea board and supporters and is looking to acquire Mourinho’s services the minute Real Madrid’ season comes to an end.