Mourinho lands job as TV pundit

Reuters  Carl Recine

Reuters Carl Recine

And it sounds like it could get even better for United should Real re-hire Mourinho, because doing so would trigger a clause in the 55-year-old's previous contract.

Mourinho was sacked by United last month after two and half years in charge of the Premier League club.

When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.

Despite enduring a testing spell with United, which started positively enough as three trophies were secured in his debut campaign, Mourinho is still widely considered one of the best in the business.

No one was surprised by his sacking, and Mourinho himself had spent the final months of his job looking like a man who had checked out ages ago and was simply waiting for his employers to run out of patience. "Everything has been sorted", said a source close to the former United, Inter and Real Madrid boss, the Daily Mail reported.

"When a Coach or player returns to a club, it means they did something positive there".

Reuters  Andrea Comas
Reuters Andrea Comas

However, the La Liga heavyweights face a major stumbling block in the form of their former manager's severance package at Manchester United, who are due to pay him £15 million.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United just before Christmas and Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira said "money would be no issue" when asked if he could tempt Mourinho back to the club.

Now that he is unemployed again, Mourinho has been repeatedly linked with a number of high-profile jobs.

His departure from the club brought with it an immediate lifting of the mood at Old Trafford, and an improvement in results to go along with it.

"I think I can safely say today that I have no intention of working in Portugal", Mourinho told Correio da Manha TV.

According to the publication, Real boss Florentino Perez remains a huge fan and the Champions League holders will do all they can to land the manager.

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