12 Jan 2019, 23:15 IST
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#4 Mourinho could join Madrid
Jose Mourinho could yet become the next manager of Real Madrid according to journalist Graham Hunter. The Portuguese left the Galacticos quite unceremoniously in 2013 but was still on good terms with Florentino Perez – the man who pulls the strings at the Bernabeu.
As a result, reports of Perez bringing him back have come up and Graham Hunter is of the opinion that it is impossible to rule out a return for the Portuguese. He also revealed that Mourinho was offered to take over from Rafa Benitez mid-season in 2016 and also once again after Zinedine Zidane left, but he refused to come back on both occasions.
“It’s impossible to say ‘it’s definitely going to happen’,” Hunter said.
“But, for example, when Rafa Benitez was sacked, the first phone call that Florentino Perez made was to try and ascertain whether Jose Mourinho would take over mid-season. He said no.
“I think understandably Zidane’s subsequent time for two-and-a-half seasons was extremely successful, especially in Europe, and they won a league title.
“Given he went away, the offer for Mourinho to come in and succeed him was made last summer.
“Again, with him feeling that he had better times ahead for his reign at Manchester United last summer, again he said no.”
Hunter then admitted that Perez still appreciates him and that Mourinho thinks that he has unfinished business with the Merengues.
“Perez was one of those who appreciated what Mourinho achieved when he came to Real Madrid,” he added.
“Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid feeling he had unfinished business and he was a little bit underappreciated.”
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