Jose Mourinho is just 1/2 to take over at Chelsea this summer after the Real Madrid manager dropped some hints which were about as subtle as a Sergio Ramos tackle following his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking after his team beat the Germans 2-0 at the Bernabeu but went out 4-3 on aggregate, Mourinho told ITV (before being farcically cut short in order to go to the news) that he would “maybe not” be at the helm of the Spanish giants next term.
“I want to be where people love me to be,” added Mourinho, which, assuming he isn’t off for a pint at Cheers, left viewers in little doubt that he was making reference to Chelsea, with whom he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups in a three-and-a-half-year stint between 2004 and 2007.
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That has prompted the bwin bookmakers to open a market on which club he will be manager of come September 1st, 2013 – you can see it by clicking here – and the Blues are the strong odds-on favourites to secure his services.
In his post-match press conference, the Special One continued by elaborating on what the summer might bring, making no mention of whether he would reflect and think that with just one La Liga crown and no Champions League title to his name, his time in the Spanish capital cannot automatically be called a success.
“I want to think [about my future] at the end of the season,” Mourinho said, before immediately going on to talk about his future.
“Obviously I like to be where people love me without reservations, where I have support from everyone.”
The Portuguese then suggested that “what matters is Madrid” because “they are much more important than me”, which he actually managed to say with a straight face.
He then flirted with the idea of returning to England and by doing so, further aroused the interest of the press pack that he has eating out of the palm of his hand.
“I have not made a decision yet because I have a contract,” he said.
“So that is why I want to play the [Copa del Rey] final, finish the season, finish second [in the league] and at the end of the season I will talk to Florentino Pérez, my president and my friend, and we will decide what is best.
“I know that in England I am loved by the fans and by the media, which treats me in a fair way – criticising me when they have to but giving me credit when I deserve it.
“I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one, and in Spain the situation is a bit different because some people hate me. It is hard but I need to be honest and fair and at the end of the season we will speak.”
So while Chelsea appears his obvious destination, as with everything with a pulse these days, Paris Saint-Germain have also been heavily linked with the former Porto coach and the Ligue 1 leaders are 4/1 to hire Mourinho in the close season.
If you think that Mourinho will end up in England but not at Chelsea, you can get 12/1 that he pitches up at Manchester City should they decide to dispense with Roberto Mancini, while you can get 20/1 on Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson finally calling it a day and moving aside for his old nemesis.
It is 33/1 that Mourinho joins Arsenal, AC Milan or his old club Inter, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are both 50/1 shots.
But if you reckon all this is just fun and games to keep his name in the headlines (God forbid), then a price of 2/1 is available on Mourinho still being at Real Madrid when the summer transfer window slams shut.