Jose Mourinho would have “no problem” returning to Real Madrid as coach, stoking the rumours linking him as a potential successor to Santiago Solari.
It has been a turbulent season for both Mourinho and Madrid, with the Portuguese losing his job at Manchester United in December, while Los Blancos have underwhelmed under two coaches.
Solari took charge of Madrid in October last year and, although he has overseen a moderate improvement from the end of Julen Lopetegui’s brief spell, in no way have they caught the imagination of supporters.
Consecutive Clasico defeats to Barcelona in Madrid’s last two outings have seen many people write off Solari’s chances of retaining the job next season.
And Mourinho, who won LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana in a chaotic three-year spell at Madrid until 2013, has opened the door to a return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
When asked if he would go back to a former club, Mourinho told beIN SPORTS: “To a club that I have been before? If I think the right club, the right structure, the right ambitions, I will have no problem at all.
“I think it’s really a reason of pride when a club where you worked before wanting you back. They [Madrid] are the iconic club, I think so, you know, [they have won] 13 Champions Leagues [titles].”
Mourinho certainly does not look back on his time at Madrid with regret, though he appears to feel the end of his spell with United was frustrating.
“The only club where I feel that is in relation to Manchester United,” he added. “The moment I left with what I think I could have achieved and the improvement of a few things, but all the other clubs I have the best possible feeling, which is I gave everything.