JOSE MOURINHO is free to take charge of Real Madrid after Manchester United paid him £15 million compensation.
The Special One has been contacted by the La Liga side about making a sensational return to the Bernabeu this season.
But the 55-year-old was not able to accept a contract with another club until the pay-off negotiations were complete.
Mourinho has received the payment after his agent Jorge Mendes met up with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
According to the Daily Mail, a source close to the manager said: "There are no issues over Jose's contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted.
"Jose is able to take on another job right now but is in no rush.
"He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to."
That frees him up to talk to Real, and there are claims in Portugal that he will meet with Benfica in the coming days to hear what they have to say.
The Sun reports that United agreed to the payment after his disappointing two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford following a meeting between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
Mourinho was in charge of Madrid from 2010 until 2013 when he guided them to La Liga glory and won the Copa del Rey.
The source added: "There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed.