Jose Mourinho took advantage of the international friendlies to return to London this week to spend a day house-hunting in the capital.
Speculation is rife that the Portuguese coach will return to English football next season, as the Real Madrid coach is reportedly disillusioned with his treatment by the Spanish press.
Mourinho's Madrid are 10 points clear of Barcelona in the Primera Liga and face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their round-of-16 Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in two weeks.
He has nevertheless become weary with the politics of one of world football's biggest clubs. Mourinho has faced criticism from lifetime present and Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano for his tactics, and following January's 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat at home to Barca, he was involved in an argument with defender Sergio Ramos regarding Carles Puyol's equaliser.
Jose Mourinho in London through the years:
The exchange was transcribed verbatim by Spanish sport daily Marca, with even los merengues' goalkeeper Iker Casillas getting involved. It was this incident which is believed to have convinced Mourinho that his future lies elsewhere, after a colleague purportedly leaked the dressing room dressing down.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last week backed the possibility of Mourinho returning to English football. The Scot stated that his one-time counterpart would receive more "freedom" in England than he has experienced in Spain.
With Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas under close scrutiny, Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur future in doubt thanks to the vacant England post and Arsene Wenger struggling at Arsenal, there are a trio of big London clubs who could tempt the ex-Chelsea boss back. Maybe even the Three Lions will snare the two-time Champions League winner.
The 49-year-old lived in London during three trophy-laden seasons with Chelsea, with whom he won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.
He was joined in the city by his his wife Tami, and two children.
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