There was talk of Real president Florentino Perez moving to rehire Mourinho after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui - and then later with Santiago Solari. However, he ultimately convinced Zinedine Zidane to return.
Mourinho told RMC Sport: "Real Madrid? Some things are true, others are not. Some clubs wanted me, others did not. The only thing I can say and you will draw your conclusions, but when I left Manchester United I made the decision not to take a team during the season.
"I hope I can be back in July."