NOT AGAIN: Real Madrid approach Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is one of four candidates Real Madrid have approached to replace Carlo Ancelotti, according to Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague.

Ancelotti’s future looks to be as good as decided with confirmation of Barcelona’s Liga title win on Sunday. The Italian boss—who led Los Blancos to La Decima last season—is now destined to finish the season without adding anything beside the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet.

Interestingly, Balague told Revista de La Liga that approaches have already been made for his replacement, including the outside shout of Mourinho. Sky Sports reported Balague’s comments on the show:

Real have spoken to Julen Lopetegui at Porto, to Jurgen Klopp, to Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho. They have already spoken to those four to see if they would be interested in coaching Real Madrid. They have spoken to Jose Mourinho—he said no to them, of course.

Out of those four, Rafa is favoured by some but not others. Mourinho is favoured by some and not by others and Lopetegui is deemed as something for the future, but they have sounded out all of them.

Mourinho only exited the Bernabeu two seasons ago, having endured a turbulent relationship with fans, players, and the Spanish media. He is a consistent winner of trophies, however, as highlighted by his recent Premier League title triumph with Chelsea. Mourinho landed Madrid’s last Liga triumph, plus the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup during his time at the club.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher recently said that “you wouldn’t be surprised” if Real Madrid Castilla head coach Zinedine Zidane replaced Ancelotti, per Sky Sports.

However, Balague told Revista this is unlikely because of the reserve side’s poor performances: “Klopp isn’t an automatic yes for the job, and it may be a little bit too early for Zinedine Zidane,” said Balague. “There was a plan at the beginning of the season, but Real Madrid Castilla haven’t been doing too well so, again, there is doubt.”

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