The Real Madrid boss more-or-less revealed that he probably won’t be at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and will sit down and talk to the club’s hierarchy. He also implied that he will be going back to a played where he ‘is loved’ and spoke of England, its fans and press during his press conference following the match against Borussia Dortmund.
Ivanovic, 29, revealed that the Chelsea dressing room wants Mourinho when speaking to a Serbian newspaper:
“Everyone who loves Chelsea hopes Mourinho will return.
“As players we don’t have any confirmed information that he would return. But we would all like it to happen because he is one of the best coaches in the world.
“He is immensely respected by all for what he has done for the club.
“With him we can be stronger as a club. It would add another dimension to Chelsea, and it would be sure to help us become one of the main contenders for the title.”
It’s all going a bit mental at the moment in relation to Mourinho’s future which makes it all the more frustrating for everyone that it is unlikely that any official word will be given before the end of the season, but a dramatic return is looking more likely than it ever did and I’m not sure if Mourinho would stick his neck out like that if there wasn’t something behind it. He’s either spoken to Chelsea or is trying his utmost to get their attention with the classic ‘come-and-get-me plea’.
As for the players, they’re only human and can’t help but get caught up in the speculation like the rest of us. I only hope that they try to forget about managerial appointments in the meantime and concentrate on doing the job they need to do.
I’ve not always been a fan of Jose’s playing style and hope he will commit to youth development if he does come back as he hasn’t done enough of that during his career, but he is a winner, a personality and won’t have let the press or FA get away with their usual rubbish without complaint.