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# Speculation
'If Real Madrid fail to win, Mourinho will be manager!'
The former club president believes Zinedine Zidane’s tenure at Real Madrid could be brought to a swift end

JOSE MOURINHO WILL be reinstated as Real Madrid head coach should he fail to take over at Manchester United in the close season, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

The Portuguese manager has been out of work since his Chelsea contract was brought to an early end in December, following a disastrous Premier League title defence.

Since then, Mourinho has been widely tipped to take Louis van Gaal’s job at Old Trafford, a position he was originally overlooked for at the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure in 2013.

However, should the United hierarchy choose not to bring in the controversial talisman, Calderon believes Mourinho will return to the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in place of Zinedine Zidane.

“If Mourinho doesn’t sign for Manchester United, he will be Real Madrid’s next coach. I am completely sure of that,” Calderon is quoted by AS.

If the team doesn’t win anything, sadly, we’ll be seeing Mourinho on the bench again. That’s my feeling.

“He will return and then we’ll be back to the war games, fire-starting, uncomfortable press conference, Fifa, Uefa, Unicef. That wasn’t the best time for the club. Now, without him, there’s a lot more peace.

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“He provoked a series of conflicts which no one wants and it’s far from ideal. The president has been trying to coax him back for the past year, he’s tried on a number of occasions.

“[President] Florentino [Perez] is going nuts to see Mourinho back at the club. If things don’t go well, Zidane won’t continue.”

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