Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Race on to snatch Real Madrid hotseat as Mourinho heads for Chelsea

Paris St Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti could be heading to Madrid

Whatever the outcome with Real Madrid in the concluding stages of the Champions League, Jose Mourinho won't be with the club next season.

A return to Stamford Bridge has already been agreed with Roman Abramovich and the bookies tell their own story by offering only 4/9 that he's back with the London Blues come August.

Mourinho is 8/1 to win the Champions League next season with any club, but that's poor odds considering that'll be at Chelsea while 6/4 to win any domestic league trophy is best forgotten about unless your are convinced he won't be at Stamford Bridge come the start of next season.

Who will replace him at the Bernabeu?

Andre Villas-Boas has been mentioned and is only 3/1 to take over.

But if Spurs make the top four in the Premier League, he'll want to stay at White Hart Lane.

Paris St German boss Carlo Ancelotti is quoted 5/4 favourite to move to Madrid but why not a straight swap with Chelsea which would see Rafa Benitez going there.

At 6/1, he is worth a few quid.

Race to be the next Real Madrid manager: 5/4 C Ancelotti; 3/1 A Villas-Boas; 6/1 R Benitez; 12/1 M Laudrup; 20/1 J Klopp; 25/1 M Pellegrini; 33/1 bar.