Real Madrid contacted Mourinho after Lopetegui's sack; he is ready to return to coaching
- Mail Online quote a source close to the 'Special One' who reveals the Portuguese receives a hefty payment from Manchester United and could resume his managerial career at any time.
- However, it is more likely that he could wait until the end of the season.
- Moreover, the unnamed member of Mourinho's entourage confirms there was contact between Real Madrid and the Portuguese specialist
- "Real Madrid did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed."
According to Mail Online, nothing prevents Jose Mourinho from returning to the coaching role fewer than a month after being sacked from Manchester United. There were suggestions that he could be barred from taking a new role for a significant period of time; however, Mail's report has now revealed a sensational puyout from the Red Devils which would allow the Portuguese to resume his managerial career.
According to Mail, Manchester United paid Mourinho £15million when they sacked him on December 18 following the disastrous 3-1 defeat in hands of Liverpool and overall miserable results. The Special One is now linked with the coaching role at Benfica and Real Madrid, however, it is already reported that the Portuguese has rejected an offer from a side in his home country.
A source close to Mourinho confirms Madrid approached Jose in the late October right after Julen Lopetegui's dismissal. However, at the period of time, he was still contractually obliged to Manchester United.
Mail Online quote a member of Mourinho's entourage as saying: "There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted. Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush. He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to."
The unnamed source continues while addressing the Real Madrid offer: "There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed, but he told them he was the manager of Manchester United and totally committed to the club."
This statement contradicts another report in the Catalan top source Mundo Deportivo which previously has claimed that Mourinho and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have recently been in touch. Moreover, the Portuguese has allegedly set two conditions on his potential Santiago Bernabeu return: he wants a centre-back and a striker to be signed.