Jose Mourinho appears to be on track for a return to Chelsea after Real Madrid announced he will leave them at the end of the season.
The former Blues boss had endured what he had described as his “worst season” in management, with Real failing to land silverware – losing in the Champions League semi-finals to Borussia Dortmund, the Copa del Rey final to city rivals Atletico Madrid and finishing behind Barcelona in La Liga.
With speculation mounting over Mourinho’s future, the capital club decided to bring forward a board meeting and then confirmed at a press conference that the Portguese coach will move on in June.
President Florentino Perez revealed: “We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end. Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end.”
He added: “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work. The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.”
Mourinho’s deal at the Bernabeu was scheduled to run until 2016, after signing a contract extension last summer, but he had recently dropped big hints that the time was right for him to return to England.
Although the 50-year-old is yet to confirm his next destination, the bookmakers are in no doubt and some of them have stopped taking bets on Rafa Benitez’s successor.