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Report: Jose Mourinho to Be Real Madrid Interim If Santiago Solari Sacked

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2019

Manchester United's coach Jose Mourinho sets the extra time during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to become Real Madrid manager for a second spell if the club sack coach Santiago Solari. 

Goal reported the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss could take interim control at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium until the end of the campaign.

Mourinho was sacked at Old Trafford in December and is currently available if Los Blancos ask him to return to the Spanish capital.

The move would represent a dramatic rise back to prominence for the coach after his disappointing departure from the Premier League.

Mourinho left Madrid in 2013 before taking the reigns at Stamford Bridge for a second stint. 

The manager took Madrid to the La Liga title in 2010-11, winning the championship by nine points ahead of Barcelona.

Mourinho has recently spoken about his experiences working at Real, saying he would have no problem returning to collaborate with Madrid president Florentino Perez, per BeIN Sports' Mitch Freeley.

GETAFE, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Head Coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid before starting the la Liga match between Getafe and Real Madrid at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on August 26, 2012 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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ESPN FC's Sid Lowe reported the pair have maintained a good relationship since Mourinho exited the Bernabeu.

The Portuguese told Deportes Cuatro (h/t Alex Richards of the Mirror) on Tuesday he has fond memories of managing the club: "I have a fantastic memory of working in Real Madrid. It is a unique experience and different to the rest of the clubs I have been at. We did fantastic things, we won the league in a unique way. We also had bad moments, I made mistakes, but after, the experience made me a better manager and person."

Real were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after a stinging 4-1 home defeat to Ajax in the last 16.

The loss compounded the misery for Solari who has struggled to get the very best from his squad since taking over from Julen Lopetegui.

Madrid sit in third in La Liga, and the European failure could be the moment that sealed Solari's fate.

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