Ramon Calderon: Jose Mourinho could replace Rafa Benitez

Ramon Calderon: Jose Mourinho could replace Rafa Benitez


Former Real Madrid supremo Ramon Calderon says Jose Mourinho could replace Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.

The Chelsea boss spent three years in the Spanish capital, and although his didn’t guide the club to Champions League success, is still admired by current president Florentino Perez.

The Portuguese is having a tough time in London at the moment, having watched his side lose seven of their opening 12 Premier League games – the worst start to a season made by the champions of England. His job for now is believed be safe but if he fails to stop the slump he could out of a job sooner rather than later.

If Los Blancos have a poor season and fail to win the Champions League or La Liga, Benitez would come under scrutiny too.

And talking to talkSport, Calderon said the timing could be right for Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the campaign.

“It’s not a secret that the current Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has backed Mourinho many times. He likes him a lot and you can’t rule out seeing him again on the bench at the Bernabeu,” he said.

And he added: “I know it seems strange, but if Benitez doesn’t have a good season and Mourinho gets sacked by Chelsea, I insist you can’t rule out seeing him here again. I know that the president tried to have him here instead of Benitez, but Mourinho said he didn’t want it and that it wasn’t the right time to come back.

“But after two or three years I can see him here again. It happened the same with Chelsea, they sacked him but then he came back. In football that is normal. The current president has a lot of interest in Mourinho, he backed him a lot during his time at Madrid and Mourinho is his favourite coach.”