Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed in his latest book that he was offered the chance to return to Madrid shortly before he was sacked by Chelsea last season.
Jose Mourinho coached Real Madrid for three years before returning to England to manage Chelsea. The Special One then led Chelsea to the Premier League title during his first season back in London.
After winning the title with Chelsea, the boss confirmed that he was approached by Real Madrid with regard to the managerial position.
This was documented by Rob Beasley, the author of ‘Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal.’
Beasley says Mourinho emailed him, saying “President loves me and wanted me to go and clean it, clean s*** people like Pepe, Casillas, Ramos, Marcelo. I told him it’s too late.”
Real Madrid later opted for Rafa Benitez to take up the job.
Since then, Real Madrid have sacked the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss, and replaced him with Zinedine Zidane as their coach. But, things could have gone much differently had Mourinho taken up the offer.
After rejecting Real Madrid’s offer, Jose Mourinho went on to be sacked by Chelsea a few months later, after the Portuguese endured a disastrous start to the season with the Blues.
Manchester United then offered the Special One a contract after sacking Louis Van Gaal. However, Mourinho now knows that if he can’t guide the squad to a top four position, then he can kiss his job goodbye.
Jose Mourinho has been welcomed with open arms by the Manchester United fans, who expect to see instant results from the Portuguese tactician.
So far, Mourinho has won six of his nine matches as Manchester United’s manager. The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier, but it is far too early to begin making judgement calls on Jose.