Ramon Calderon: Florentino Perez wants Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid

Ramon Calderon: Florentino Perez wants Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid

Former Real Madrid chief Ramon Calderon has insisted current president Florentino Perez wants Jose Mourinho at the club.

The Portuguese manager has been linked with a move back to his former side for quite some time now but with Julen Lopetegui recently losing his job, the reports have heated up.

Mourinho enjoyed some good times with Madrid when he last managed them and was the only manager who successfully stopped a peak Barcelona from winning the La Liga.

Calderon believes that although Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino would fit in well in the Spanish capital, Perez definitely wants the former Chelsea manager instead.

With Jose’s time at Manchester United seemingly at the brink of an exit, he could be tempted to jump ship before he’s fired or his reputation is entirely ruined.

According to talkSPORT, Ramon said: “I’m sure the president is thinking of Mourinho, he is always the coach he would like to have at Real, but he’s with Man United now.

“Mourinho is the only coach Perez has respected up to now. He gave him all the power for the first time in his life, which was very unusual.

“It’s true that he’s been in touch with Jose in the last few years trying to bring him here again, but being with Man United I think now it’s not possible.

“If he leaves Manchester United I’m sure he’ll be here again.”

What Calderon has said seems to be backed up by recent reports that have emerged claiming Real will wait for Mourinho to become available.

According to Football Espana, Gazetta dello Sport report that the United boss will lose his job if he doesn’t qualify for Champions League football and will be replaced by Antonio Conte.

This would then mean Jose is free to return to Madrid who are happy to wait out the season to see how matters continue to develop.

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