The English media's obsession in Jose Mourinho has led them to claim that the Portuguese manager will surely be returning to the English Premier League next season.
What bothers me in this assumption is that it is tabloid talk that is premised on nothing but personal wishes, or perhaps national illusions. Oh, he's already packed his bags?
I think there's a better chance to see Alex Ferguson managing a Nigerian club than Mourinho moving to White Hart Lane.
I will be illustrating exactly why Mourinho is set to remain at Real Madrid for at least a year more through an article which will be split into three parts, each focusing on one cause.
The first motive that will keep Mourinho in Madrid is obvious; the man who tags himself the "special one" is too proud to exit a top-flight job empty-handed. While at Chelsea, Mourinho had won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup before he was shown the door.
Similarly, he left Internazionale only after winning the Champions League. He actually said, after his first year at Inter in which he won the Serie A, that he was yet to make a "highlight" or leave his mark in Italian football. The man thrives for perfection. He uses the media to create an uncontested reputation for himself, an ideal image of a leader.
He can never leave a job without saving his fingerprints on a club's trophy cupboard. Yes, he has been able to use the media for his quest to magnify his coaching attributes. But this image that he built was always premised on consecutive, genuine achievements.
Just like when he left Chelsea, he can leave Real Madrid by mutual agreement and blame behind-the-scenes issues for the club's failure.
The striking difference between his Chelsea exit and leaving Real now, though, is that Mourinho had won over the fans during his Blues tenure. He had won trophies and had been raised on the shoulders of the Chelsea fans.
At Real, however, his team has—to date—been belittled by Barcelona on all fronts. Though Real's hopes are tied to a sudden and unexpected slip in Barca's form, perhaps as an effect of a number of injuries to key players, there is hope of future success until the Portuguese.
Mourinho will simply not quit on a low note. He will wait until he finds some kind of a magical formula to beat arguably the best team in modern football.
And there's no reason why he cannot plan and make the coups he wants. He has the money, the reputation and the tactics to get the players he wants and mold them into a harmonious and winning group.
Before he does that, I doubt that he will be moving back to England.