Karanka could join Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is working to bring his former assistant manager at Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to talkSPORT.
Aitor Karanka was hired by Mourinho to be his assistant when he first moved to the Bernabeu in 2010, and the pair enjoyed a good working relationship at the club.
Together, they won the Copa Del Rey for Real in 2010/11, before beating Barcelona to the title in 2011/12, though the team struggled this year in Mourinho’s final season in charge.
Karanka was one of the first people to reveal that Mourinho had joined Chelsea this summer, though he initially did not expect to be moving to West London with the Portuguese coach.
However, he now seems more optimistic, and supposedly told ASTV: “The coach (Mourinho) wanted to take me to England with him, and there is also the possibility of staying. We will have to wait and see what happens.”
Much of what happens with Karanka may depend on the wishes of Real’s new manager, who is likely to be Carlo Ancelotti once a deal can be struck with French side PSG.
Current West Brom manager Steve Clarke was Mourinho’s assistant in his first spell at Chelsea, and played a crucial part in securing two Premier League titles for the Blues.