Arbeloa: Mourinho could return to Real Madrid

Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa was asked for his thoughts about working with Jose Mourinho again.

The always polemic 'El Chiringuito de Jugones' show never pulls any punches, especially when they have a footballer amongst their guests, as was the case late on Wednesday night when Real Madrid full-back, Alvaro Arbeloa, made an appearance.

Given the announcement Real Madrid had signed FC Porto right-back Danilo on Monday, Arbeloa was asked if he has any fears for his place at the club, following the capture of the Brazilian. He simply responded: "He's welcome and we await him with arms wide open. I'm calm. Right now, we can't think further ahead than our next game."

As for whether it will affect his playing opportunities, or lead to a possible departure, Arbeloa commented: "It's good news for Madrid. I don't have the understanding that his arrival will open the doors to a departure for me. I know that I wouldn't be happier anywhere else, I want to stay here."

Asked if it would be easier to see Mourinho returning to Real Madrid, or himself leaving to work with the Portuguese coach at Chelsea, Arbeloa suggested: "It's difficult to see myself getting to work with Mourinho again."

However, and given Arbeloa was one of several Real Madrid players who got on really well with Mourinho, when asked if the current Chelsea boss might return to the Santiago Bernabeu, the 32-year-old Spain international confidently replied: "Yes."

After a dramatic pause, Arbeloa was asked to suggest when that could happen, he added: "I don't know. When you've asked me if he could return, my reply is for sure, he could do, I can see it happening."

Fair to say that Mourinho was frequently regarded as a controversial figure with Real Madrid, certainly in the eyes of the Spanish press, Arbeloa suggested: "I don't think Real Madrid has the door closed on any manager. He's a great manager, so why wouldn't he return to Real Madrid?"

Asked again whether he thinks Mourinho will ever manage Los Blancos again, a little more carefully, Arbeloa smiled and pointed out: "That's a question you'll have to ask him. I can't speak on his behalf."

Part of the problem for Mourinho towards the end of his tenure at Real Madrid, was the suggestion he'd fallen out with several key players, although Arbeloa insisted: "He got on really well with lots of players. He got on well with far more players than he didn't get on with."

Clearly the Spanish international remains a fan of Mourinho and got on well with the Portuguese coach, during their time working together at Real Madrid. He certainly feels that given his former manager returned to Chelsea for a second spell, there's no reason to think that a return to the Bernabeu might not also be considered.

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