By Tom Groom
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho insists he has not decided to leave the Spanish giants despite being heavily linked with a return to former club Chelsea.
Speculation linking the Portuguese coach with his former employers began when earlier in the week he said he wanted to go ‘some where people love me’.
Mourinho left the Blues in 2007 after a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich, but remains the club’s most successful manager, having won two Premier League titles and three domestic cups.
Mourinho said: “When I decide on my future, my wife and kids will be the first to know, then the president and general director (at Real)”
“I’m working with total professionalism and I still have the same honour and pleasure to work for this club as I did a month or two ago”.
Despite being under contract at Madrid until 2016, the ‘Special One’ hinted that he might return by talking about the ‘love’ he felt from fans in England.
Many bosses in the Premier League are already excited at the prospect of having Mourinho back in the Premier League next year, including Chelsea’s former charge and Mourinho understudy, Andres Villas-Boas.
The now-Tottenham manager said a return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League would be a ‘spectacular’ event, saying: “he has a wonderful history in this league”.
Mourinho, 50, has won the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto, and Chelsea fans were heard chanting his name in their Europa League semi-final last night.
However, it would take a huge £12million to free Mourinho from his Real Madrid contract, but then Abramovich has never been afraid to loosen the purse-strings.
In fact, trigger-happy Roman paid £18million to get rid of Mourinho and his staff in 2007, but will be eager to appease fans after the controversial appointment of Rafael Benitez as interim manager after sacking Roberto Di Matteo.
The Blues powered through to their second European final in as many years, thanks to goals from Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and a stunner from an invigorated David Luiz.
However, they have yet to guarantee themselves a Champions League spot for next year, and with big-spending French outfit PSG also after Mourinho, they could miss out on their former boss.
The former favourite Mourinho would certainly be welcomed back by the fans, but it was his tempestuous clash of egos with Russian owner Abramovich that caused the parting of ways.
The fans will hope at least that this time around Mourinho and Abramovich will put aside their differences and try to bring more major honours to the South London club.