Chelsea FC Manager Jose Mourinho is not short of suitors despite the poor performance of the Stamford Bridge outfit, with former Real Madrid CF president Ramon Calderon stating that Florentino Perez is still trying to bring him to Santiago Bernabeu.
Mourinho had a rollercoaster ride during his first stint at Real Madrid CF, with the manager departing following poor final season that saw them go trophy-less.
Benitez fourth choice, Mourinho still Perez’s choice
Calderon stated that Mourinho was the first choice for Perez to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season, before they opted for fourth choice Rafael Benitez.
As quoted saying by ESPN FC, Calderon said: “The truth is that Benitez was the fourth option for Real Madrid CF. I think Perez is still trying to bring [Mourinho] back here. He really likes him.
“You know that in football that results are important. Chelsea is in a situation that is not normal for them and I don’t know what [Roman] Abramovich will be thinking about that.
“This situation was lived by both of them a few years ago and he decided to sack him. If he is not anymore in Chelsea I think Perez will be really willing to bring him back to Real Madrid.”
Calderon sure Perez will bring back Mourinho
The former Real Madrid CF president said that he did not like the Portuguese for his behavior in the dugout, but, Perez was looking to bring in the wily Chelsea FC manager due to his liking for his winning ways.
“I don’t rule out that [he will be back at Real Madrid]. If he is not anymore at Chelsea and Benitez is not doing well at the end of the season here, I don’t rule out he’s going to be back here. The president is really looking for that.
“As I said, I wasn’t just a fan of Mourinho but because of the things he did here. He’s got the worst record ever for a coach that has been coaching Real Madrid for three years.
“Apart from that, his behaviour wasn’t the right one but Perez always backed him and remember that he decided to put a big banner saying ‘Mourinho, your finger shows us the way,’ referring to that sad episode when Mourinho poked the finger in [Tito] Vilanova’s eye in a really horrible match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
“That’s why I say that I’m sure that if Mourinho is not anymore in Chelsea at the end of the season and things are not well with Real Madrid and Benitez here, I see Mourinho again on the bench of Real Madrid.”
Mourinho is on the verge of sack as per quite a few English media reports in case he fails to win Saturday’s game against Liverpool FC.
Should that was to happen, it will be interesting to see if Perez decides to retain Rafael Benitez till the end of the season.
Benitez is not really a popular choice at Bernabeu, with constant criticism in the media for his tactics, as well as man management.