The Sun says Abramovich has told Mourinho he will NOT pay the £17million get-out clause in his Real Madrid contract.
Mourinho's deal at the Bernabeu still has three years to run after he signed a new £12m-a-year contract last May. And part of the agreement is that a fee of 20m euros will be paid by whichever party breaks the deal.
But the Chelsea owner has made it clear it will not be him who pays it - and that the compensation row must be sorted before the Special One can return to Stamford Bridge.
Now Mourinho must convince his current employers that it will be in everyone's best interests to allow him to walk away from the Bernabeu for nothing.