PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Mourinho heading back to London
Published 23:59 28/02/12 By Martin Lipton
Jose Mourinho is ready to head back to the Premier League after agreeing to buy a new family home in London.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho is set to quit Real Madrid at the end of the season whether or not he wins La Liga or becomes the first manager to lift the Champions League with three different clubs.
And the Special One has told friends he plans to make London his new base, inviting job offers from the Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs.
Mourinho and his wife Matilde flew into Heathrow yesterday for a whistle-stop tour in which they identified their planned new home.
The Portuguese bought a flat in the centre of the capital after his rift with Roman Abramovich became irreparable in September 2007, which was more of an investment.
But now Mourinho plans to move back to London full-time having identified a new home - understood to be in Belgravia - suitable for his wife, two children and the family pets.
Mourinho has never hidden his desire to return to the Premier League after leaving Madrid, where he has gone public with his frustrations at the lack of proper support from the Bernabeu fans - barely 300 made the trip to Madrid’s third side, Rayo Vallecano, on Sunday.
It is understood Mourinho would be happy to take on the challenge of any of the big six clubs in the country although his preference is in London.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will identify the Portuguese as his prime target if - as expected - he loses Harry Redknapp to the England job at the end of the season, while Mourinho has now kissed and made up with Abramovich.
Mourinho, who flew back to Madrid on a scheduled Iberia flight last night, would also take up an offer from Arsenal if bitter foe Arsene Wenger walks from The Emirates after a seventh successive trophy-less season at The Gunners.