Real Madrid reportedly offered José Mourinho an eye-watering £12m to reject Tottenham Hotspur and all other offers, in case they decided to sack Zinedine Zidane.
Doubts had arisen over Zidane’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu following a poor start to the season, and Los Merengues were desperate for Mourinho to remain available as a possible replacement for the under-pressure Madrid boss.
Mourinho rejected the lucrative offer, however, and according to The Sun, the Portuguese boss only had eyes for the Tottenham Hotspur job, rejecting a whole host of other clubs in the meantime.
The 56-year-old ignored the interest of European giants Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Lyon, whilst Chinese Super League side
Mourinho left the meeting in confident mood that he was Daniel Levy’s number one candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino, which resulted in him turning down every other opportunity that was passed his way.
The ex-Manchester United, , Chelsea and Inter man has made a perfect start to life in north London, winning all three of his matches in charge in the Spurs dugout.
Mourinho’s men held on to collect back-to-back 3-2 victories in the Premier League, and the Lilywhites also gained a vital three points in their Champions League tie against Olympiacos, coming back from a two-goal deficit to win the match 4-2.
Spurs now lie in fifth place, only six points behind Chelsea, who sit one position above them in the table.