Mourinho nearing Madrid exit?

Media reports emanating from England suggest Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho could make a surprise return to the Premier League.

Mourinho, 48, has endured a torrid time with the Spanish giants and has regularly had issues with officials and club management at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After watching his side defeat Sevilla 1-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday, Mourinho, who has been visibly unhappy in recent weeks, failed to turn up to the post-match press conference leading to rumours about his departure.

The rumours gathered more momentum when British tabloid The Sun reported quotes from the manager about his desire to return to England.

“I’ve decided to return to England. I have nothing prepared about my future – I just want to be happy in my work,” Mourinho said.

“I have no preferences about Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea. I just want to rediscover the joy.”

“I’m not saying the Premier League is the most spectacular in the world but it is the best organised… the fair play and the enormous respect for your opponent.”

Mourinho’s fallout with Real director Jorge Valdano over the lack of forward options available to the Portuguese boss has inflamed the situation, although the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City looked like it may have satisfied Mourinho.

But the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager’s quotes appear to suggest Mourinho is not happy with the situation at Real, and could be on his way out come the end of the season.