A Spanish club is rumoured to be interested in making an offer to Jose Mourinho

The Premier League clubs could have competition in securing Mourinho's services

A Spanish club is rumoured to be interested in making an offer to Jose Mourinho

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Now that Chelsea have banished Jose Mourinho from Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese coach is free to embark on a new project.

And although this is Mourinho's second departure from the Blues, competing clubs seem undeterred by that blemish in his record, and are evidently keen to secure his signature.

Among the early contenders for Mourinho include Premier League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. And now, another candidate has emerged in the race for Mourinho.

According to reports, Real Madrid are contemplating sacking Rafael Benitez in the coming days, meaning that a vacancy is due to open up. And according to a Spanish radio station, Mourinho is the favourite to return to Madrid and replace Benitez. 

In his previous stint at the Bernabeu, Mourinho guided Real Madrid to a Spanish title, a trophy which they have not retrieved since then.

Publicly, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has supported Benitez but rumours suggesting that Benitez could be in line for the chop in Madrid have gained significant momentum of late. The former Liverpool chief endured an unsettled start to his management which started last summer and has since culminated in a 4-0 defeat to Barcelona last month.

Moruinho contends that he continues to maintain a healthy relationship with the Real Madrid President and Perez is reportedly keen to recruit Mourinho again. But there is also speculation which suggests that some of the players would not approve Mourinho's return.

And the Real Madrid Sporting Director, Jorge Valdano, says he is shocked by the speculation. Speaking to ESPN, he said:

'It's hard for me to believe, hard for me to understand [Mourinho returning to Bernabeu]. I know that Madrid is going through a difficult period, not dramatic, just difficult. But the idea that there must be action every time there is a crisis is not the most advisable. This idea of constant movement is the worst solution possible.'

In relation to the rumours linking Mourinho to Manchester United, his agent Jorge Mendes has intimated that no negotiations have taken place.