Roman Abramovich is apparently going all out to tempt Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge.
A Spanish radio show is claiming Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given Jose Mourinho a little 'sweetener' to try and tempt him back to Stamford Bridge.
Punto Peota claim the Russian oligarch has ensured his former boss received an expensive wristwatch worth €400,000 by way as a gift.
That is quite some gift, especially as Mourinho is not bound to do anything in return.
But he might just decide to. It has also been reported in Spain that Mourinho and Real Madrid have agreed to part way at the end of the season, although there is unlikely to be an official announcement before the end of the campaign.
Chelsea are trying desperately to secure a big name manager for next season, with current incumbent Rafa Benitez already confirming he will be departing at the end of the campaign.
Abramovich has come in for some stick from fans for his mishandling of the Roberto di Matteo sacking and subsequent appointment of Benitez, but he could certainly win back any dissenters by hiring back Jose Mourinho.
The 'Special One', managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.
A fallout with Abramovich ensured his departure along with a few indifferent results, but the club have been unable to settle on a long-term boss ever since.
Mourinho's continued success at Inter and Madrid coupled with his unique personality have only left Chelsea fans wanting more, and there is simply no boss Blues fans would rather see.
To tempt him back though one thing had to happen, and that was for Abramovich and himself to build bridges, and Mourinho was never going to be the one to extend his hand first.
But when he does in return, check out the expensive watch on his wrist, because Abramovich will be hoping his generosity really has done the trick, and Mourinho will be arriving at the Bridge in plenty of time for next season.
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