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Jose Mourinho Is Closing In On A New Job But Man Utd Are Stopping Him

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Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid have opened talks over the manager’s position at the Santiago Bernabéu this summer, but continuing negotiations over his payoff at Manchester United could scupper the deal.

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Mourinho has been out of work for almost a month now, having been sacked by United, who were lying 11 points off the Champions League spots in the Premier League. The Portuguese had won two major trophies, the League Cup and Europa League, and led the Red Devils to second place last season, their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 in his two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.

A poor run of form coupled with his constant complaints over transfers meant he was let go.

Los Blancos, who let him leave as boss after three seasons five years ago following a dressing room revolt, are keen for him to return to the Santiago Bernabéu. Club president Florentino Perez hired him and did not want him to leave; the pair have remained on good terms ever since.

He has started discussions with Mourinho’s camp, but the 55-year-old’s agent Jorge Mendes is currently locked in talks with United chief Ed Woodward, attempting to finalise his £15million departure.

Currently, Real Madrid Castilla boss Santiago Solari is in charge, after Julen Lopetegui was sacked earlier in the campaign, but after a home defeat to Real Sociedad at the weekend left them in fifth and ten points off the lead, it is likely a new boss will be found in the summer.

Although it ended rather acrimoniously for Mourinho in Madrid, he did succeed in knocking Pep Guardiola’s all conquering Barcelona off their domestic perch in 2012, a year after winning the Copa Del Rey, beating the Blaugrana in the final. That success completed Mourinho’s journey of winning league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. He does have unfinished business at the club too, having failed to win the Champions League.

If he is to return to the biggest club in the world, he may have to work on his man management. Not only did he fall out with current Real captain Sergio Ramos last time, but he also had trouble with that at Old Trafford.

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