Jose Mourinho nips to London amid fresh Chelsea speculation

Jose Mourinho took advantage of his day off to fly out to London on Tuesday amid fresh speculation that he could quit Real Madrid

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Jose Mourinho led Real Madrid to the La Liga title last season Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Jose Mourinho took advantage of his day off to fly out to London on Tuesday, amid mounting speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea.

The coach was on board a flight to the United Kingdom which left Madrid at 6:45am and returned back to Spain later in the evening. Mourinho was back in time to oversee Wednesday morning’s Real Madrid training session at 11:00am in Valdebebas.

It is not the first time that the Real Madrid coach has travelled to London during his free time. He was in the capital from the 23 to 26 March when nearly all of his international players were taking part in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Mourinho’s trips have fuelled rumours that he will return to the Premier League over the summer – possibly to retake the reins at his former club Chelsea.

In February 2012, he bought a house in London and his daughter is set to move to the capital to study.

However, speaking to Sky Sports last month, Mourinho insisted visits to London were “normal” for the former Blues boss.

“It must be normal that I’m in London,” he said. “We have a house here, we love it here. Our daughter is coming to study in London so being here has to be seen as a very normal thing for us.

“But every time I come [and] people see me walking around and doing some shopping, people start immediately start making connections to a return.

“I feed it a little bit because I say when I have the chance that I love it here, that I spent a fantastic time here, that I will return one day. So to be fair, I give a little bit of contribution for that speculation.”

Meanwhile, speculation that Mourinho could take over at Chelsea in the summer heightened on Wednesday after the president of Club Deportivo Canillas – a Real Madrid satellite club – claimed that the Portuguese coach has told him he would not be at the Bernabeu next season.

“Mourinho told us that he won’t be able to give his usual technical talk to our coaching staff next season because he’s not going to be here,” Manuel Álvarez told Spanish radio station La COPE.

“If Mou leaves, it will be a big loss for Spanish football. I hope [Madrid president] Florentino [Perez] can sort it out with him.”

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