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Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon has said Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to return to the Bernabeu before Zinedine Zidane was appointed head coach.
Mourinho managed the Spanish giants under the current president Florentino Perez from 2010 to 2013 and Calderon believes Perez made an approach to the former Chelsea boss after the sacking of Rafael Benitez.
"I think it is not a secret that the current president liked Jose Mourinho very much and Perez got in touch with him before deciding to go with Zidane,” Calderon told Sky Sports.
"Apparently, Mourinho did not like to come at this time of the season and Zidane was here so we will have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks."
Calderon also revealed that Madrid will continue to follow the Galacticos model with a bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard this summer.
"I think they are maybe looking for Hazard,” said Calderon.
“People are always talking about him, but he has contract with Chelsea and he hasn't said anything about leaving Chelsea.
“So it is not a matter of money, as I said before many times, it is a matter of whether the player wants to leave.
"We haven't heard anything about Hazard leaving so we will have to see at the end of the year what is happening with the players currently at Real Madrid to decide what is to be done in the next transfer window."