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The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea: 'I have not taken the decision yet' insists Real Madrid boss

Speculation is rife that the 'Special One' will return to the Premier League this summer

Jose Mourinho has insisted he is yet to make a decision over his future, despite some speculation that he has already agreed to return to Chelsea in the summer.

Following Real Madrid's failure to reach the Champions League final, the Portuguese manager spoke candidly about his plans, telling reporters: “There are clubs in England that love me; especially one”.

That 'one' is widely understood to be Chelsea, who will be managerless come the end of the current campaign when interim-manager Rafael Benitez leaves the club.

Yet speaking today, Mourinho did not want to talk about the subject, saying his focus for now remains on Real Madrid.

"It's not worth talking about if I go or not," he said. "If I go, I will not give explanations.

"I'm working with total professionalism and I still have the same honour and pleasure to work for this club as I did a month or two ago.

"I have not taken the decision yet. First to know will be my wife and my children. Then the president (Florentino Perez) and director general (Jose Angel Sanchez).

"We will speak about the future after the end of the season. I have a Copa del Rey final and La Liga matches to play."

Failure to beat Valladolid at the Bernabeu tomorrow would open the door for Barcelona to regain the Primera Division title by beating Real Betis on Sunday night.

"Finishing second in the league is not what we want but it is better than finishing third," the 50-year-old added. "We want to win as many points as possible."

As well as Mourinho's future being uncertain, there has also been speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could follow him out of the Bernabeu exit. But the 'Special One' has urged his compatriot to remain in the Spanish capital despite apparent overtures from Paris St Germain and even Manchester United.

"Players must be completely dedicated to and focused on their clubs," he said. "I hope that Cristiano plays here for many more years."

Mourinho was drafted into Real Madrid with the target of delivering their first Champions League title since 2002 - had he succeeded, he would have become the first manager to have won the trophy with three different clubs.

Despite his failure, Mourinho today put his own ambitions aside to express his desire for Real to win Europe's top prize.

"I just want Real Madrid to win the Champions League, either with or without me."