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The Special One, and his thirst for centre stage

Jose Mourinho always finds a way to be the protagonist. He always earns it, in almost every press conference and even in the middle of an international match week.

This time, the Real Madrid manager decided to travel to London with his wife. It could be just a break, but he knew that it could cause controversy, as he has reported several times his desire to come back to England in the future.

Speculation that Mourinho is gearing up for a summer move back to the Premier League increased when English and Spanish news sources suggested that he was in London to buy a house and that his intention is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Spanish newspaper AS even suggested that the special one has already chosen his new London dwelling.

The former Chelsea boss knew that people would talk and he was even pictured with fans in some photos - and fans of London clubs will draw their own conclusions from the image published of him shopping in London. Some essential items for his new home, perhaps?

The chatter linking Mourinho with Tottenham, Arsenal or even a return to his beloved Chelsea has increased. Some reports suggest that Spurs have already made moves to secure his services in the summer, but he will need to take a hit on his current salary.

Realistic options

Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all seem realistic options. Harry Redknapp is the favourite for the England job so expect a vacancy to arise in North London, while Arsene Wenger is a candidate for the Real Madrid job if Mourinho leaves. A slightly tricky one to get your head around but a realistic possibility nevertheless.

But before picturing a triumphant Redknapp holding the Euro 2012 trophy aloft, don't rule out the special one for the England job.

Some reports have even linked him with Manchester United, but Mourinho could be up for a new challenge as an international manager, and where better to start than with his beloved adpoted nation, where he is still held in such high regard? A trip to London, home of the FA, it all starts to add up.

Mourinho is still special in England and no more so than at Stamford Bridge. AVB and expensive flop Fernando Torres are not so special and, for Roman Abramovich, the possibility of a season without Champions League football, let alone the decidedly average status of a fifth-place finish, just isn't acceptable.

Mourinho has a reputation that permits him to coach the team he wants and he has a reputation for success. He is poised to oversee the dethroning of Barcelona in La Liga and he could even put one over Real Madrid's arch rivals in the Champions League. It would be a significant entry on his CV, engineering the end to the dominance of one of the best teams in history.

More comfortable in England

It seems that Mourinho feels more comfortable in England, where the media and football fans respect his work more than in Spain. He has had several conflicts with journalists in press conferences and has also had recent confrontations in the dressing room, with the likes of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

He also knows that his future at Real Madrid could be filled with successes and his status as a successful manager could be elevated significantly if he stays put.

It seems that Barca’s dominant cycle could be coming to an end and it is Madrid’s moment to take advantage. Madrid fans adore the special one.

Mourinho loves this game, now he has to decide. He is leaving everyone else to talk about his future, he won't confirm or deny anything.

The special one will return to England sooner or later, the question is not if, but when.

By Ivan Molina 


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