Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will not be returning to the Bernabeu any time soon, according to the club’s president Florentino Perez.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea on Thursday only seven months after leading them to the Premier League title following a disastrous campaign this term where they currently occupy 16th place.
The departure of the Portuguese coach has prompted speculation that he could return to Madrid, with pressure intensifying on current incumbent Rafa Benitez following reports of dressing room bust-ups, a heavy loss in el clasico and being disqualified from the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player.
Mourinho won La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his three-year stint at the club but Blancos president Perez ruled out a return for the 52-year-old.
“Rafa Benitez will not be replaced,” Perez said.
“Although some media have said he will, I repeat that coaches are appointed by the club and Benitez has come to solve a problem. He is the solution, not the problem.
“Will Mourinho coach Madrid again? Nobody can predict the future, but right now I say no.”
Perez though did pay tribute to the Portuguese for the success he brought the club between 2010 and 2013.
“I have very good memories of Mourinho. He raised the competitive level,” he said.
“When he got here … we occupied 13th place in the Uefa rankings and Mourinho got us back to the top and helped us play three [Champions League] semi-finals in three years.
“But Benitez is coach of Real Madrid now. We chose from many and we thought that he was the right person for this moment.
“After we won the Club World Cup we began a gradual deterioration from January and needed a new impetus. We believe Rafa Benitez must be given time.”