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Jose Mourinho responds to speculation of sensational return to Real Madrid

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What's the story?

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has finally responded to reports of his return to former club Real Madrid.

In case you didn't know...

Ever since Manchester United showed him the door, reports of Mourinho's return to the Bernabeu have been çonstantly doing the rounds.

The 55-year-old manager was sacked by the Premier League side last month after the club suffered a series of bad results under him.

Mourinho was previously in charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and led the side to a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey trophy during his time there.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have struggled immensely following the exits of former boss Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo. The French manager's replacement Julen Lopetegui was also given the axe after a number of bad games and has since been replaced by Santiago Solari.

The Galacticos are still struggling with confidence and efficiency under Solari, and are having a difficult time without Ronaldo's goal-scoring abilities.  

The heart of the matter

Mourinho exercised restraint when asked about a possible return to Madrid. Speaking to Record, he said, "They are things that are said and I will not feed."

"When a coach or a player (in Portugal there is now an example of that) he comes back, it means something positive we did.I felt it when I returned to Chelsea.When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honor. There is a blind bet, the clubs are trying to sign a player or a coach who know, have been there. And if you invite is because they know the value of the person."

The former Los Blancos boss added that he is liking the privacy that comes with not working: "I think when I'm not training, I love not to talk about myself. The best way for that to happen is to not provide a dialogue beyond this."


What's next?

Mourinho shares a good relationship with Real president Florentino Perez but it remains to be seen whether the club will decide to replace Solari and table the Portuguese an offer.