Perez denies Mourinho return rumours

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has moved to dispel rumours that Jose Mourinho is set to replace Rafael Benitez as head coach of Los Blancos.

Mourinho's recent departure, reportedly by mutual consent, from Premier League club Chelsea has sent the rumour mill spinning into overdrive.

There is an air of uncertainty surrounding Benitez's reign at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the club in a disappointing third position in La Liga, trailing rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona by five points.

However, Perez has quickly moved to end speculation that Benitez's job is in danger, suggesting he was the solution to their problems, not the cause of them.

"No one can predict the future, but right now he will not be coming to Madrid," Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. "Benitez is capable of solving the problems we have. We are only contemplating that option.

"I have very good memories of Mourinho, he lifted our competitive level a lot. It wasn't a dark period for the club as with him we returned to where we belong."

Perez also denied that youth team coach Zinedine Zidane was being groomed to replace the much-maligned Benitez.

"[Zidane] will for sure be a great coach one day and, moreover, will be the Madrid coach, but that time isn't today," he added.

"Despite what various press sources have agreed on, I repeat that Benitez was brought in to resolve a problem. Therefore, Benitez is the solution not the problem."