El Pais have reported that Jose Mourinho could return to Real Madrid, leading to current boss Santi Solari to discuss the reports.
The Portuguese boss was sacked as Manchester United boss on Tuesday after a dismal first six months of the current campaign and links began almost immediately with a potential return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Diego Torres of El Pais, who Football Espana cite wrote a book on the former Chelsea boss – reported that a reuinion with Los Blancos could be on the cards and a reported survey amongst board members came back in favour.
Of course, all that would depend on Solari’s success at the helm currently. The Argentine took over from Julen Lopetegui last month but has suffered indifferent results, losing 3-0 to both Eibar and CSKA Moscow.
Marcelo discusses Mourinho’s United sacking
Having coached Madrid between the years of 2010 and 2013, Mourinho was close to current captain Marcelo and the Brazilian defender has added fuel to the fire with his latest comments.
“It is a real pity because he (Mourinho) is a great Coach,” Marcelo said, as cited by Marca.
“It is a real shame that he is without a club and it is not my place to say that he should return to Madrid, but I have a lot of appreciation for what he did for me at the club.
“Zinedine Zidane to Old Trafford? I think he could, he can have a great short-term impact and would thrive for any club.”
Solari responds to Mou rumours
The former Madrid player will now come under even more pressure now Mourinho is out of work and his performances will be met with debate in La Liga and the Champions League, despite signing a two-and-a-half year contract.
He spoke to reporters head of Madrid’s Club World Cup tie with Kashima Antlers on Wednesday and said he was ‘unconcerned’ by the reports.
“I have the utmost admiration and respect for all my fellow Coaches,” Solari told reporters on Tuesday, as cited by Diario AS.
“They do an exceptional job and this feeling is particularly strong to those who have previously been at this club and given us lots of happy memories.
“Why would be I worried that there is speculation about Real Madrid? It happens every day but that is the reality.
“What are my values? Those of Real Madrid, I want to have a team who can dominate, who can be a threat in attacking areas, score a lot of goals, never give up.
“We must work very hard across all departments, technically, methodologically and also physically.”