Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to appoint Jose Mourinho as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement, according to reports.
Madrid have drawn two of their opening four La Liga matches this season while on Wednesday evening they were beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
To make matters worse for Zidane, his marquee summer signing Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact while Madrid failed to register a shot on target against PSG. According to reports, Perez is willing to give Mourinho a second stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Madrid president feels that the former Manchester United boss ‘is the only man to get the club back on an even keel’.
Mourinho, meanwhile, is open to returning to Madrid and felt he was a strong contender to get the job after Santiago Solari was sacked in March. But several players in the Madrid dressing room, including captain Sergio Ramos, were against the Portuguese coming back to the Bernabeu and Perez opted to re-appoint Zidane instead.
Mourinho spent three years at Madrid during his first spell and won the La Liga title in 2012. And speaking to Portuguese TV station channel 11 last week, Mourinho spoke fondly of his time in the Spanish capital.
‘Real Madrid was my best experience because of what I learned as a coach, as a man, because of the lessons I took in my career and in my life,’ he said. ‘It is the best memory of my career, it was fantastic.’
The 56-year-old has been out of management since he was sacked by Manchester United last December.
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