Real Madrid are hoping to convince Jose Mourinho to return as manager at the Santiago Bernabeu and will let go of all the players that opposed him during his last spell in order to do so, according to the Daily Express.
The Express is reporting today that the proposed sale of Sergio Ramos to Manchester United is part of a wider plan to convince the Chelsea manger to reclaim his former position which came to an end in 2013 after three unhappy seasons as manager of the Spanish giants in which he won just a La Liga and Spanish Cup.
The Portuguese returned to Chelsea after parting ways with Real Madrid and has since stated his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge for many years, ending his career pattern of moving between clubs and countries, albeit successfully. Real replaced Mourinho with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, and the Italian did what Mourinho couldn’t- winning the Champions League back in what was a historic tenth title for the club in his first season. His second was less successful and he was sacked after failing to either win La Liga or retain the Champions League to be replaced by Rafael Benitez, another former Chelsea boss.
Benitez is the latest manager to be put in charge of a club that has taken to changing its manager on a regular basis, often backing the players in the annual disputes that have ultimately undermined the club’s season.
The belief in the Real Madrid hierarchy, according to the Express, is that they made a mistake in letting Mourinho leave and should have supported him as the team’s biggest players rebelled against him. The paper is reporting that Sergio Ramos may not be the first to leave, and that Real are willing Iker Casillas, Pepe and even Cristiano Ronaldo leave in order to convince Mourinho that he can build the team back up afresh. It is not a new policy and recent sales of Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria have all, reportedly, been part of this long term plan.
There is no suggestion that Mourinho is unhappy at Chelsea, or that he has any desire to return to Real Madrid regardless of who the club buys or sells. ChelseaNews24 reported earlier this month that the club will offer him a two-year extension to his deal which is due to run out in 2017.