Jose Mourinho is ready to return to football management.
The Portuguese was sacked at Manchester United just last month following the Red Devils’ 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool.
Since leaving his post in Manchester the two-time Champions League winner has been out of work, but there has been no shortage of top sides keeping track of his progress.
Benfica recently made an approach for their former boss, after the Lisbon-based outfit parted company with their manager Rui Vitoria.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira told Mourinho that he would have good money to spend if he is prepared to take the job.
But Mourinho has snubbed Benfica’s interest in him, and appears to be holding out for an offer from a slightly bigger club.’
One club on his radar is another team he used to manage: Real Madrid.
Los Blancos only recently hired Santiago Solari as manager, but the Argentine is struggling to get results.
Real Madrid currently sit fifth in La Liga, and the notoriously hard to please Florentino Perez is reportedly growing tired of mediocrity.
Mourinho is open to the idea of returning to Madrid, but according to Mundo Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar he has two conditions.
Unsurprisingly Mourinho wants assurances over how much money he will have to spend and has apparently told Perez he wants to be able to strengthen Real Madrid in two specific areas: in defence and up front.
Madrid have lacked goals since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus, and understandably Mourinho feels he needs reinforcements in this area if he is to succeed at the Bernabeu.