Mourinho linked with Chelsea return

Jose Mourinho is keen to make a return to Chelsea once this current season is finished, The Sun has reported.

Mourinho, who was in charge of the Premier League side from 2004-2007, is reportedly eyeing up a shock return to Stamford Bridge, should the London side decide not to extend the contract of interim manager Rafa Benitez. Mourinho, who is currently managing Real Madrid, is widely expected to end his time at the Bernebau in the summer after a season of disappointment for the Spanish giants. They currently lie a mammoth 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, and, perhaps more surprisingly, is that they are 3rd in the La Liga, with Atletico Madrid now Barca’s closest rivals.

Benitez has been in charge of Chelsea since November, but has not managed to put the side back on track, with results not settling well with fans who already distrust the Spaniard from his time with Liverpool. Newcastle’s shock 3-2 at St James Park means Chelsea have won just 2 of their last 6 games, and now find themselves 16 points behind leaders Manchester United, and in danger of being overhauled in 3rd place by Tottenham and Everton.

Mourinho won two leagues titles with Chelsea, as well as a League Cup victory, but fell out of favour with owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire is apparently keen to let bygones be bygones, understanding that Mourinho’s success with the club last time, as well as the support he’s receive from the fan base, something Benitez is sorely lacking, might make the Portuguese manager the man to bring back to the club. Benitez believes he will still be in charge next season, and says a top 4 finish is a good result for the London club. “I am confident we have enough quality and enough options to win more games in a row and be top four.”

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