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Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid return - and he's turned down five jobs in the meantime

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho wants to return to Real Madrid for a second spell as the club’s manager.

The Portuguese won a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey during his three seasons in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013.

He departed the Spanish capital under a cloud after falling out with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

However, Goal (opens in new tab) report that Mourinho is now keen to take up the position again as he plots his return to management.

The 56-year-old has been out of work since his dismissal by Manchester United (opens in new tab) last December.

The former Chelsea (opens in new tab) and Inter (opens in new tab) head coach has received numerous job offers since then, but none have completely satisfied him.

Between May and September, Mourinho turned down approaches from Milan (opens in new tab), Wolfsburg, Schalke, Monaco and Lille.

The two-time Champions League winner believes he is still capable of succeeding at the highest level and is therefore holding out for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

PSG (opens in new tab), Juventus (opens in new tab) and Bayern Munich (opens in new tab) are three teams who interest Mourinho, who would also have been open to a move to Tottenham (opens in new tab) had Mauricio Pochettino departed earlier this year.

However, PSG and Bayern decided to keep faith with Thomas Tuchel and Niko Kovac respectively, while Juventus opted to install Maurizio Sarri following Max Allegri’s exit.

Mourinho did not include Madrid on his list of targets as he believed club president Florentino Perez would appoint Pochettino in place of Santiago Solari last March.

Instead, Zinedine Zidane returned to the Bernabeu having previously left the club at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Madrid are currently top of La Liga but that has not stopped Zidane coming under pressure in the early weeks of the season.

A 3-0 defeat by PSG in the Champions League has left the Frenchman vulnerable, and Mourinho is keeping close tabs on the situation as he eyes a return to los Blancos.

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).