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Special 2: Jose Mourinho seems headed back to Chelsea in return of The Special One

Real Madrid's Champions League campaign had just ended in defeat when Jose Mourinho spotted an opportunity to send a message.

Even though Madrid can still end a mediocre season — mediocre by its high standards, anyway — with the Copa del Rey title, Mourinho is laying the groundwork for a divorce, dropping heavy hints about a return to the English Premier League and Chelsea, the team he managed from June 2004 to September 2007.

Mourinho said after Tuesday's elimination that "I know in England I am loved."

"In Spain the situation is a little bit different because some people hate me, and many of them are in this room."