Mourinho attends Wembley for Championship play-off

Chelsea job speculation mounts as departing Real Madrid boss lands in London

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho ahead  of Sunday’s game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday’s game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian. Photograph: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

Mon, May 27, 2013, 15:25

Jose Mourinho was in London today for the npower Championship play-off final, adding to speculation the Real Madrid head coach’s return to Chelsea is imminent.

The 50-year-old Portuguese will leave Madrid at the end of this week, following Real’s final match of the Spanish season against Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Mourinho has long been linked to a return to Stamford Bridge — where he was Blues boss from June 2004 to September 2007, winning two Premier League titles and both domestic cup competitions — and watched Crystal Palace versus Watford at Wembley this afternoon.

Watford forward Nathaniel Chalobah is on loan from Chelsea, who are seeking a new manager after Rafael Benitez’s interim appointment ended.