Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has sensationally claimed Jose Mourinho would be happily welcome back as manager of Real Madrid if current boss Rafa Benitez is not doing well at the end of the season.
In an exclusive interview to BeIn Sports, Calderon revealed, current Real Madrid president Florentino Perez actually wanted to appoint Mourinho after sacking Carlo Ancelotti for the 2015-16 campaign, but the Portuguese refused to reunite with the Los Blancos. He also suggested, both Joachim Low and Jurgen Klopp were also looked as preferred prospects ahead of fourth choice Rafa Benitez.
“The truth is that Benitez was the fourth option for Real Madrid,” Calderon stated. “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.”
Currently, Pressure is gradually mounting on Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, who battle with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Saturday, with rumours suggesting that he could be axed if Chelsea loses in this match.
However, Calderon admitted he didn’t really like Mourinho as manager of Real Madrid because of his rude techy behaviour in the dugout and with the media persons. But current president Perez is a strong supporter of the Portuguese and Calderon will not be shocked Mourinho returns to Madrid in the future.
“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 that really horrible match.
“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.”