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Report: Jose Mourinho rejected Real Madrid in favour of Manchester United

Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down the chance to return to Real Madrid in order to wait for the Manchester United job to become available in the summer.

Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to return to Real Madrid in favour of waiting for the Manchester United job this summer, according to reports.

Madrid today sacked Rafael Benitez after just seven months in charge of the team, replacing him with club legend Zinedine Zidane in what is the Frenchman's first major managerial role.

However, Spanish outlet El Pais reports that Madrid chairman Florentino Perez was initially keen to bring Mourinho back to the Bernabeu and approached the Portuguese manager twice over a potential return.

The report claims that the first approach came a week before Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, while Madrid got in touch for a second time after his reign at Stamford Bridge had come to an end.

Mourinho allegedly rejected both approaches, however, as he is keen to take over at Manchester United this summer should the Old Trafford post become available.

The two-time Champions League winner was heavily linked with taking over from Louis van Gaal at United, although speculation over Van Gaal's future has lessened slightly following a recent upturn in performances and results.

Mourinho's decision was also reportedly influenced by dressing-room unrest at a potential return to the Bernabeu, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Pepe, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal thought to be against the idea.

The 52-year-old won a league title and the Copa del Rey during his first stint as Madrid boss, although there have been reports that Perez still believes Mourinho is the man to bring further Champions League success to the club.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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