Jose Mourinho apparently turned down the Real Madrid job before Zinedine Zidane accepted the offer.
Mirror Sport claim that Mourinho right now not interested in managing Real Madrid because he is keen to stay in Premier League and still hopes to get the job at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid reached out to Mourinho during the festive period to take over the charge once again from Rafa Benitez.
They wanted to put the Portuguese back in charge because Zidane reportedly was not sure whether he was ready for the high-profile role or not.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is still a huge admirer of Mourinho and also used some unconfirmed intermediaries to check if the recently sacked Chelsea manager was interested in a return to Spanish Capital.
But Mourinho informed that he don’t want to return to the Bernabeu right now having endured an acrimonious exit 3 years ago.
The 52-year-old Portuguese tactician believes Real Madrid’s confusing politics and club president’s willingness to axe managers always make it a risky strategy.
But the real underlying reason is that Mourinho still dreams another spell in England which is why he didn’t leave London despite the humiliating dismissal by Chelsea last month.
The actual problem for the Portuguese is, he doesn’t enjoy a universal support at Manchester United and a popular belief suggests if Louis Van Gaal is sacked then his assistant Ryan Giggs will be given the charge to manage the Red Devils at least for the time being.
However, several reports now suggest United Hierarchy wants to stick with Van Gaal but, while a world class manager like Mourinho remains free on the market, the spotlight and pressure will always be focused on the Dutch manager.
Mourinho would definitely jump at a slight chance of the prestigious United job but is left with no other choice now but to wait and see which job comes up next.
Zinedine Zidane is understood to be a huge gamble by Perez despite being a Real Madrid legend due to his lack of coaching experience.
The Frenchman will also find it difficult to adjust with the club’s transfer policy but he is expected to block any move for Isco this month, with the Spanish playmaker long been a target for Manchester City.
Florentino Perez has also insisted that Gareth Bale is “not for sale” but reports are coming that the Welsh attacker is not happy to see Rafa Benitez sacked as he was flourishing quite impressively under the Italian.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon also revealed that Mourinho was Real’s first choice before Zidane and suggested the surprising appointment is a huge gamble for Perez.
Calderon told talkSPORT: “The chosen one was Mourinho, but he decided not to come now. He didn’t want to come now. Zidane has come [in as manager] because he was here. I’m quite sure they wanted Mourinho to come now.
“They think it is a risky decision to take Zidane now. I hope he can be as good a coach as he was a player, but he has been coaching a second division team for only a year and a half, and [before that] he was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant [at Real Madrid] – that is his only experience.
“It is similar to Gary Neville at Valencia, but in a more difficult situation because Real Madrid is not Valencia, it’s obvious.
“I think they have chosen Zidane because he was here and he is the only one at this moment who can take the job.”
Calderon went on saying, “they have sacked him now because, before January 15, they have to pay him only one year’s salary.
“After that, it would be two. That’s the truth of why they have made the decision now – and only that.”