Bernabeu boss on his way out.
Jose Mourinho is ready to quit Real Madrid in the summer and return to England, according to reports on Sunday.
Mourinho, whose Madrid side currently hold a five-point advantage over arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga this season, has reportedly grown tired of the infighting and behind-the-scenes politics at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is now looking for a return to the country where he made a real impression during three years as manager of Chelsea.
“José is sick and tired of this situation at Madrid,” a source close to the manager told The Sunday Times. “It doesn’t matter if he wins this season or not. It’s not about the money.
“He’s decided to come back to England and he will go in the summer.”
Whilst Jose Mourinho has of course cried wolf before, stating on three occasions he would leave Chelsea before he was eventually sacked by owner Roman Abramovich, it does seem that the Real Madrid boss has had enough. The Portuguese ‘Special One’ has had enough of squabbles and arguments within his club, aimed at him or around him, and now wants to return to the relative comfort of the Premier League he knows so well.
So if this is indeed the case, where could he end up? Well Mourinho is always touted as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor but the ageing Old Trafford boss is apparently keen to stay on for at least another three years. Perhaps Man City? Well Roberto Mancini has done a great job this term and even if they failed to win the domestic title it would still be fairly harsh to sack the Italian.
Arsenal perhaps? Well this could well be the most likely destination if an English return is on the cards for the 49 year old former FC Porto and Inter Milan boss. Arsene Wenger is likely to complete a seventh successive season without silverware and if the North London club failed to even secure a top four finish then the Gunners may feel the need to swing the axe.
All of this comes as Real Madrid move seven points clear of Barcelona in La Liga, so perhaps all the talk of a Bernabeu exit is just a cry for help, for support, from within the club to make him feel more wanted?