​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. 

Jose Mourinho

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 Guangzhou Evergrande reportedly offered the ex-Chelsea coach an incredible €40m after tax to take their reins. 

​Tottenham's poor early season form led to the decision that swift action had to be taken by the board, and it is believed that a meeting took place between the club and their new boss on October 21, after the former ​Manchester United coach cancelled several appointments on that day. 

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.

Jose Mourinho,Dele Alli

Tottenham were made to work for their most recent victory against Bournemouth, racing into a three-goal lead before they were pegged back by two Harry Wilson goals.

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.