Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has been linked with a return to Chelsea for quite a while now. He has been giving several indications over the last few months that a sensational return to Stamford Bridge might be on the cards. Perhaps, his biggest indication has come after Real Madrid’s exit from the Champions League in the semi-final stage after a 4-3 aggregate loss to Borussia Dortmund.
Mourinho, who has refused to comment on his future in recent weeks, has said that he may return to a club where he is adored by the fans.
“I know in England I am loved. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one,” said Mourinho to the BBC.
Several bookmakers have already shortened the odds on Mourinho becoming the next Chelsea manager. A couple of weeks ago, Chairman Bruce Buck also said that Chelsea were open to the possibility of Mourinho returning.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is thought to have made up his differences with the Portuguese, which led to his departure in acrimonious circumstances back in 2007. Even though clubs like Paris St Germain remain in the frame, the recent comments made by Mourinho almost confirm a return to Stamford Bridge.
“These are three great seasons economically for the club and for prestige too, but Madrid have not won the competition and they have to. When? I don’t know. If it’s with me, perfect. If not, fine. I want to think about my future at the end of the season,” said Mourinho.
One of the biggest strengths of Mourinho has been his ability to build a bond with the players, fans and the media. It is fair to say that, unlike at his previous clubs, he has never come close to achieving it at Real Madrid.
Mourinho, though, will be coming to a Chelsea that is vastly different from the one he signed for in 2004. Chelsea are now a club that has won the Champions League. Can he repeat the success once again? I think he will because Mourinho and success cannot be separated.