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Jose Mourinho's sacking by Manchester United will likely spawn more Real Madrid return rumours, but Santiago Solari says he is not anxious.

File image of Jose Mourinho.

Thibaut Courtois has been looking good in the recent Real Madrid matches.

The 26-year-old has not started a single one of the club's six La Liga games since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui at the end of October. When asked about Mourinho's exit from United, Marcelo said on Tuesday, "It's a shame because he is a great coach, who is without a club".

Madrid will go for their third straight title and fourth overall on Saturday, when they play host side Al Ain in the competition's final.

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"It is a real shame that he is without a club and it is not my place to say that he should return to Madrid, but I have a lot of appreciation for what he did for me at the club". Perez has twice sounded the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss for a return to the Spanish capital, though chances of this becoming a reality now appear strong given Mourinho's contract termination at Manchester United. "That happens every day".

But Solari has no worries about the rumours, brushing them off as something Madrid coaches have to put up with. "My job is to ensure everyone is at their best and that those who aren't, get there".

Santiago Solari had the entire squad of 25 players available to him ahead of the team's final training session.

Gareth Bale is a major doubt for the game with an ankle problem, but Karim Benzema looks to have shaken off a similar problem, while holding midfielder Casemiro could play his first game after six weeks out with his own ankle injury.

Maurizio Sarri, who has delegated negotiations to sporting director Marina Granovskaia, is a big fan of the player and wants to pair him with star man Eden Hazard.

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