Chelsea have started the process of negotiation with Jose Mourinho about his potential availability in the summer and his desire to return to Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is likely to leave Real Madrid, they lost to Granada on Saturday and fell 15 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Chelsea’s results are also going from bad to worse under interim boss Rafa Benitez, the temptation to bring back his most Chelsea’s most successful manager is growing for Abramovich.
The Blues are still third in the Premier League table despite conceding more late goals and losing 3-2 at Newcastle.
The defeat allowed the chasing pack to close and the owner will not tolerate missing out on the Champions League.
Abramovich felt Mourinho had become too powerful when he was sacked and so their relationship is not the best.
The other major factor is Paris Saint-Germain, a project which appeals to Mourinho, although sources in Italy suggest Carlo Ancelotti will be granted at least one more year at the helm.
Benitez blamed Chelsea’s first defeat in six games at St James’ Park on his side’s lack of experience.
Yet his back five of Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, have more than 1,300 Premier League games between them and they had a youthful Frank Lampard running round in his 507th game, scoring his 197th goal for the European champions.
But this is four games without a win for the under-fire Chelsea boss, and his third league defeat in 13.