Real Madrid board make Jose Mourinho surprise No. 1 target to replace Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid directors want Jose Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu as they prepare to sack Julen Lopetegui, reports in Spain claim.

The Manchester United boss spent three years in the Spanish capital, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey before returning to England for a second spell with Chelsea.

Though he didn’t exactly part the La Liga giants on the best terms, he is the man the board want to hire, according to El Chiringuito.

Lopetegui’s appointment has been a disaster.

The former Spain manager has seen his side lose four of their last five games, including a humiliating 2-1 home defeat to Levante this weekend.

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With El Clasico on the horizon, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is preparing to dismiss the club’s boss after just 12 games in charge.

Mourinho has also been struggling somewhat at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are 10th after nine Premier League games and sit nine points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.

They’re also seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and face a major challenge to qualify for next year’s Champions League.

However, despite his struggles, he is the man at the front of the queue to replace Lopetegui when the trigger is inevitable pulled.



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