Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says the Spanish giants could be open to bringing Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu in the future.
Mourinho remains determined to turn the fortunes of Chelsea around following a dismal start to the season, but has seen his position come under scrutiny following a poor run of results.
Calderon believes Mourinho could be in line for a return to the club he managed between 2010 and 2013 should they decide to dispense with the services of current boss Rafael Benitez, especially given his relationship with current president Florentino Perez.
Mourinho, who won La Liga with Real in 2012, was first-choice for Perez to replace outgoing coach Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, according to Calderon, but turned his former club down to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Calderon said: "It is not a secret that the current Real Madrid president has backed Mourinho many times. He likes him a lot and you can't rule out seeing him again on the bench at the Bernabeu.
"I know it seems strange, but if Benitez doesn't have a good season and Mourinho gets sacked by Chelsea, I insist you can't rule out seeing him here again.
"I know that the president tried to have him here instead of Benitez, but Mourinho said he didn't want it and that it wasn't the right time to come back.
"But after two or three years I can see him here again - it happened the same with Chelsea, they sacked him but then he came back. In football that is normal.
"The current president has a lot of interest in Mourinho, he backed him a lot during his time at Madrid and Mourinho is his favourite coach."