Football director Michael Emenalo may have to leave Chelsea for Jose Mourinho to make a sensational return from Real Madrid. The Daily Star says it is understood the Portuguese coach has made it clear he does not want to work with Emenalo, 47, who has risen to prominence at Stamford Bridge in the six years since arriving as chief scout.
The Nigerian is seen as the eyes and ears of owner Roman Abramovich and Mourinho, 50, wants to be given freedom to run the team his way, without interference.
Despite Emenalo's status at Chelsea, it is believed his power has now waned as he played a key role in persuading Russian tycoon Abramovich to go for Benitez as interim boss.
Abramovich has not been impressed by Benitez, with the club in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.
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