The most successful manager in the Blues’ history has officially parted ways with Real Madrid and, according to numerous reports today, his return to Chelsea is a ‘done deal’.
The Metro, amongst other sources, quotes a massive £40 million deal to bring the Portuguese coach back to West London on a four-year contract that is expected to be officially announced following Saturday’s final fixture against Osasuna, his last game in charge at the Bernabeu.
“It’s official Jose is a Chelsea man again,” a senior Chelsea official is quoted as confirming.
“Everyone is delighted he is coming back, the club, the players and the fans.”
“We are already looking forward to next season – we are sure it’s going to be exciting,” the source added.
After so much speculation, the news will come as little surprise but it will likely come a something of a relief to Blues fans after a string of unsuitable managerial matches in the past couple of years. Mourinho’s compatriot Andre Villas-Boas was sacked just over a year ago and his assistant, Blues legend Roberto Di Matteo was fired in the earlier stages of last season.
His replacement on an ‘interim’ basis Rafael Benitez was an unpopular appointment with the Stamford Bridge faithful and he has been confirmed as the man to take charge of Napoli following the departure of Walter Mazzarri.
Mourinho won six trophies in just three years at Chelsea and remains a fans’ favourite. His time in Real Madrid proved to be much less fruitful than his previous endeavours with Blues and at Inter Milan with whom he won the Champions League title in 2010.
Frictions with a number of senior Real Madrid players, staff and disagreements with members of the Spanish national team have made him something of a hate-figure in the Spanish capital and, following a disappointing final season in charge, he and the club terminated their association earlier this month.
The 50-year-old has been linked with a number of potential high-profile moves – to Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester United. However, it seems return to his home away from home tugged at the heartstrings of the special one and, if reports today are to be believed, his return is only one week away.
Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi claims his appointment will be a ‘disaster’ for Chelsea as he warned the Premier League to beware Mourinho’s behaviour, which, he claims, was a disaster in cultural terms.
“His three years in Spain he only creates disagreements, arguments, there is nothing positive he brings,” insisted Vilarrubi.
“You can learn good things about life from watching people in football, or the circus, or the opera. There was nothing he brought that was good. There was no positive balance. I cannot see anything good about him. Not one thing. In sporting terms, maybe I am not the person to ask. But in cultural terms, he was a disaster.”
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