Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied recent reports claiming Real Madrid officials have approached him to offer a return to the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of next season.
The Spanish giants are considering parting ways with Carlo Ancelotti at the end of this campaign after the Italian boss failed to win any titles during his second term in La Liga.
The Portuguese manager ended his three-year tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu on a sour note with the media and some players, including Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo, but enjoyed a very strong relationship with club president Florentino Perez.
And recent reports claim Perez has Mourinho on a shortlist of candidates to replace Ancelotti alongside Porto boss Julen Lopetegui, Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez.
The reports added Perez recently made him a proposal to return but Mourinho immediately rejected it as he is likely to stay at Stamford Bridge on a long-term basis after winning the Premier League and the League Cup in his second season at Chelsea following his return to the west London club in summer 2013.
But Mourinho has now clarified the situation during an interview with Marca.
The Chelsea boss admitted he recently called Perez but it was to congratulate him for the successful campaign of Real Madrid's basketball team after they won the Euro League on 17 May, not to speak about a future return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
"It isn't true [he offered me a return to Real Madrid]," Mourinho said to Marca. "The truth of the matter is that I called the president to congratulate him on winning the Euroleague title in basketball. I know how much it meant to him. That's why I was so happy for him and wanted to congratulate him."
Meanwhile when asked about his future plans and the possibility of returning to the La Liga giants one day, he responded: "I have two years left on my contract at Chelsea and I plan on staying here."
Marca points out recent reports claim the manager is set to commit his future to the Blues with a new deal until 2019, which will be made public as soon as the Premier League season is over.