Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was contacted about returning to the club following the sacking of Rafa Benitez earlier this week, according to ex-president Ramon Calderon.
Mourinho was fired by Chelsea in December following a run of nine defeats in 16 Premier League games that left last season’s champions flirting with relegation.
The Portuguese boss spent three years in the dugout at the Santiago Bernabeu winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey but failed in his mission to lift the Champions League. There is a sense that he has unfinished business at the club, and for that reason Real tried to lure him back.
It would have taken some work for Mourinho and certain members of the squad to patch up their differences if they had worked together again. The ex-boss fell out with a number of the players in his time, many of whom as still playing for Los Blancos including Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Calderon said: “I think it is not a secret that the current president liked Jose Mourinho very much and Perez got in touch with him before deciding to go with Zidane.”
He added: “Apparently, Mourinho did not like to come at this time of the season and Zidane was here so we will have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.”