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Jose Mourinho 'offered Real Madrid return' as Manchester United job rumours persist

Jose Mourinho has been offered the chance to make an immediate return to management and to Real Madrid, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror reported that the sacked Chelsea boss has been offered the chance to return to Spain and replace Rafa Benitez who is clinging to his job at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The paper said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a fan of the club's former boss and wants him to return, despite unease from some in the squad and a section of fans.

The report follows as rumours persist that Mourinho is being lined up to replace the under pressure Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United.

The Red Devils have suffered a slump in form with four successive defeats - a run last experienced in 1961 - and the Dutch manager has conceded today could be his last in the post should his team lose to Chelsea this evening.

As made clear in the statement released by his representatives CAA in the aftermath of his sacking from Chelsea this month, Mourinho is ready to work and would start immediately if he felt it was the right job.

However, he left Madrid because the politics around the manager's role - the expectation that he spend time networking with officials and media - was not to his tastes.

He felt that he was obliged at Madrid to accept responsibilities far beyond the usual sphere of coaching players. There is no appetite either among Mourinho's family - his wife Tami, daughter Matilde and son Jose Jnr - to return to the city.

It has always been Mourinho's view that he could have stayed beyond the three seasons he spent in Spain and that the club wanted him to do so, however fractured his relationship was with the players.

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