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Jose Mourinho set for Chelsea return as Real Madrid line up move for Gareth Bale to become Cristiano Ronaldo's successor

FILE - In this Saturday, April 27, 2013 file photo Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal leaves the stadium following a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid says Monday May 20, 2013, coach Jose Mourinho will leave at end of season. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 27, 2013 file photo Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal leaves the stadium following a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid says Monday May 20, 2013, coach Jose Mourinho will leave at end of season. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid gestures to the fourth official during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on April 24, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to Black & White) Head coach Jose Mourinho looks on during a Real Madrid press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match against Borussia Dortmund on April 23, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 20: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid follows the game during the la Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 20, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Chelsea fans hold up a banner prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho gives orders to Cristiano Ronaldo during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid reacts during the la Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on September 30, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides second goial with head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Real Madrid CF head coach Jose Mourinho (C) celebrates the La Liga title with Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Iker Casillas of Real Madrid speaks to head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg between Real Madrid CF and Bayern Munich at The Bernabeu Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 14: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid and PFC CSKA Moskva at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 14, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 04: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid reacts during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 4, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid on the bench during the start of the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides second goial with head coach Jose Mourinho (R) as Fabio Coentrao joins in during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. PONFERRADA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid smiles before of the round of last 16 Copa del Rey first leg match between Ponferradina and Real Madrid at Estadio El Toralin on December 13, 2011 in Ponferrada, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 07: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image converted to black and white) Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on prior to the start of the UEFA Champions League group D match between AFC Ajax and Real Madrid at the Amsterdam Arena on December 7, 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho signals during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. TIANJIN, CHINA - AUGUST 06: Coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Tianjin Teda and Real Madrid at Water Drop Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Tianjin, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Jose Mourinho, manager of Real Madrid gives out instructions during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Leicester City and Real Madrid at The King Power Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Jose Mourinho the coach of Real Madrid gives a thumbs up to the assistant referee as he is sent off to the stands during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 27, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Jose Mourinho the coach of Real Madrid passes a note to his bench with instructions after being sent off to the stands during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 27, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. VALENCIA, BARCELONA - APRIL 20: Head Coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on before the Copa del Rey final match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 20, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. Real Madrid won 1-0. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. VALENCIA, BARCELONA - APRIL 20: Head Coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid celebrates after the Copa del Rey final match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 20, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. Real Madrid won 1-0. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Barcelona manager (L) Josep Guardiola shakes hands with head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid before the start of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 16, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Manager Jose Mourinho gestures to Harry Redknapp of Spurs during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at White Hart Lane on April 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 19: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid sits in the substitutes bench at the start of the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on before the start of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid and Lyon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 10: Lionel Messi (l) of Argentina and Barcelona FC winner of the men's player of the year alongside Jose Mourinho (r) of Portugal and Real Madrid FC winner of coach of the yea award during the FIFA Ballon d'or Gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus on January 10, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on before the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on September 25, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
FILE - 2013 MAY 20: Real Madrid have announced that coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Coach Jose Mourinho (C) of Real Madrid during a training session on the campus of UCLA on August 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Real Madrid will play Club America of Mexico in San Francisco, California, on August 4 and the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, during their pre-eason tour of USA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Frank Lampard, left, and Jose Mourinho could soon be reunited at Stamford Bridge

As the Spanish club Real Madrid confirmed that Jose Mourinho would leave them at the end of the season, president Florentino Perez was asked about the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti replacing him and Zinedine Zidane working alongside the Italian coach.

Zidane is one of Bale’s most vocal supporters – and if offered the job of  director of football working with Ancelotti he will prioritise the eventual capture of the Wales international.

 

“Zidane is a player who is in the heart of all Madrid supporters,” said Perez who added he would not comment on Ancelotti out of respect for Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Zidane has gone on the record as saying no-one in Europe has played better this season than Bale and the Frenchman’s brief, if he accepts the role with Ancelotti, will be to woo the Premier League’s double Footballer of the Year.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to show no signs of signing an extension to his contract which runs until 2015 and Real see Bale as Ronaldo’s successor. The club will only sell Ronaldo this summer if they find a club willing to pay more than the £80m they paid for him in 2009. But at the end of next season the Portugal international will be just six months away from being free to negotiate his own departure from the Bernabeu; his price will come down and Madrid are already laying the plans for a sale and spending the money on Bale.

 

Mourinho’s reign came to a dramatic end after a 30-minute meeting between the coach and the president. Perez had been under pressure to dismiss Mourinho but the prospect of paying out £10m compensation prevented him doing so and last night he confirmed neither the club nor the coach would be penalised for tearing up the contract signed last year that was to due to run to 2016. Mourinho will sit on the bench for the next two games against Real Sociedad and Osasuna before walking away from the club he joined in 2010.

 

Perez said: “No one has sacked anyone. It is a mutual parting. After three years we are both convinced that this is the right time to end the relationship.” Asked to assess Mourinho’s time at the club he said: “We have made a big jump in terms of competitiveness. Now we are back where we belong; before we were being knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage now we are always group seeds.”

 

He also touched on the stress that the Portuguese coach has come under. His wife was in the back of his car when he drove to training two weeks ago and supporters started shouting abuse through the window.

 

Perez said: “In England a match lasts the two hours before a game, the two hours of the game, and then the two hours afterwards. Here it is seven days a week and the pressure tells. People have families and children and there are things that are just not acceptable.”

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