Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has effectively ruled out a return for recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent on Thursday, after a poor start to the season which saw the Premier League champions suffer nine defeats in 16 matches.
And with Madrid coach Rafael Benitez under pressure, Mourinho has been rumoured to make an unexpected return but speaking to Cadena Ser, Perez said Mourinho would not be making a sensational return to the club.
“Rafa Benitez will not be replaced,” Perez said.
“Although some media has said he will, I repeat that coaches are appointed by the club and Benitez has come to solve a problem. He is the solution, not the problem.
“Will Mourinho coach Madrid again? Nobody can predict the future, but right now I say no.”
However, Perez remember’s fondly Mourinho’s time at the Bernabeu.
“I have very good memories of Mourinho. He raised the competitive level,” Perez said.
“When he got here … we occupied 13th place in the UEFA rankings and Mourinho got us back to the top and helped us play three [Champions League] semi-finals in three years.
“But Benitez is coach of Real Madrid now. We chose from many and we thought that he was the right person for this moment.
“After we won the Club World Cup we began a gradual deterioration from January and needed a new impetus. We believe Rafa Benitez must be given time.”