Real Madrid suffered a humilating loss to Ajax in the Champions League round-of-16 second leg last week, also getting knocked out of the competition where they have been winners for the past three years straight.
The defeat, which follows Madrid’s exits from title challenges in the La Liga and the Copa del Rey, will have serious repercussions on the players and management, as it is being understood lately.
Many players have been lined up for moves away from the Spanish capital, with the team’s poor showing casting a shadow of doubt on manager Santiago Solari as well. Though he has informed the club that he will not resign, the club appears ready to replace him and have even lined up their choices.
It has been widely reported since, that former Mamchester United manager Jose Mourinho is most favoured to join the club. As of latest, The Guardian reports that Mourinho can return back as early as Monday, March 11 to assume duties at the helm of the Los Blancos.
According to the Guardian, it is Real Madrid’s former president Ramon Calderon who has provided information on the potential deal, and provided the deal reach fruition, it will be the Portuguese’ second stint at Santiago Bernabeu.
The last time he was at the Madrid capital as their manager – back between 2010 and 2013, he had fallen out with stars like Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, despite winning the La Liga title once in 2012. He also had a conflicting relationship with then Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
In his column for the i newspaper, Calderon wrote: “I understand Mourinho will sign a deal for the remainder of this season and for another three years, with a net salary of £17m per year. For the president (Florentino Pérez), Mourinho will be the perfect shield against the unhappiness in the media, the fans and the players. But it will not be easy and I predict it will be very difficult over the next three months.”
Earlier, Mourinho was also asked about the possibility of rejoining the Merengues, to which he replied: “Would I go back to a club I’ve been at before? It is a reason of pride when a club where you worked before wanted you to come back. The only moment where I had this feeling was with Chelsea, not with Real Madrid.”
Mourinho’s imminent arrival is also bound to bring (back) a few issues, with reports of an unsettled Sergio Ramos already spreading panic among the Madridistas.
The former Champions League-winning manager currently serves as a football pundit for beIN Sports, where he has been seen in action in the past few weeks.