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Former Chelsea boss considering shock return to Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho is interested in a return to Chelsea for a third spell in charge of the club as current manager Maurizio Sarri prepares to depart from Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese has been out of a job since being sacked by Manchester United in December, but has regularly spoken of his intention to be back in work this summer.

The 56-year-old was linked with major roles at clubs including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but those positions never presented themselves to the Special One.

With a lack of big jobs available for Mourinho, a third crack at the Chelsea job may be one of the more appealing options and The Sun report that he would be interested in replacing Sarri at the Bridge.

It would be a remarkable move for Mourinho who has twice left Chelsea by ‘mutual consent’ although on both ocassions there appeared to be a breakdown in relationship between owner and manager.

Although the statement the club produced when Mourinho last left in 2015 did seem to leave the door ajar for a return, reading: ‘The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea.’

The bookies certainly believe that the Portuguese is in contention for a move back to west London, although he is far from the favourite to be next Chelsea manager.

Frank Lampard remains odds-on to replace Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout, followed by Max Allegri, Watford boss Javi Gracia and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.