Chelsea skipper John Terry has talked up the possibility of Jose Mourinho returning to the club.
The Special One was photographed buying packing materials over the weekend, which the Spanish media has interpreted as a sure sign his time at Real Madrid is coming to an end.
He has never been shy of proclaiming his love for English football, and the consensus is that Mourinho is destined for the Stamford Bridge dugout.
Terry has now revealed to Marca that he and Mourinho have remained in touch since the manager was sacked as Blues boss.
He says the Portuguese manager also keeps in touch with more of his former charges, and that it would be easy for him to settle back into life at Chelsea, where he retains the love of the fans, and has patched up his differences with owner Roman Abramovich.
"We keep in touch by text message, wishing each other luck," Terry told Marca of his enduring relationship with Mou.
"He always looks out for our [Chelsea’s] results, and keeps interested in all that happens at the club. He also keeps in touch with Lampard and other players.
"When I heard him say [he is keen to return to England] that I sent him a message asking which team he was talking about," Terry continued.
"His answer was 'them all'. And you must believe the things he says. With his quality as a manager he could really go to whatever club he wants."
Few people will shed a tear in Madrid if Mourinho does a runner at the end of the season.
But according to Terry, tears of joy may flow at Chelsea, if Mourinho does indeed return.
"Mourinho and the fans have a great relationship because with him we won the Premier League and some other trophies," Terry said.
"It is important, and for me too, to show respect to Real Madrid because he has a contract there. For me personally it is difficult to go into this subject, but the fans have shown clearly that he is a man that they love, above all for what he won, and for pushing the club in a direction it had never gone in before. He is still the Special One."