Mourinho Back As Chelsea Manager, Signs Four-Year Deal

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Jose Mourinho has finalised negotiations over his return to Chelsea and has signed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese coach held meetings to iron out the final details of his contract with Blues officials on Monday, just hours after leaving his post at Real Madrid.

Mourinho will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Monday June 10.

According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho brings coaching staff Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais with him from Real, and will already be plotting how he will claim Chelsea’s first Premier League title since 2010 next season.

A statement on the club website read: ‘Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as first team manager.

‘Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

‘He brings three coaching staff with him in Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais. Each carries the title of assistant first team coach and will work alongside current first team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.

‘The new manager will be officially presented in a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Monday 10 June, further details of which will follow in due course.’

Ron Gourlay, Chelsea’s chief executive, added: ‘I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.

‘It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that.

‘He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.’

There are few Chelsea fans who will be unhappy with Mourinho’s appointment. The former Porto and Inter Milan manager won two League titles, two League Cups, and FA Cup and a Community Shield during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

And a number of Chelsea players, including those Mourinho has never managed, had voiced their approval before his appointment. They believe the club can win the title next season by capitalising on Manchester United losing Sir Alex Ferguson to retirement and City being without Roberto Mancini after the Italian’s sacking.

Brazil defender David Luiz said: ‘I want to win titles at Chelsea and I want to have that feeling like others here at the end of the season when you take the trophy.

‘Every year we have a chance because if you are a big club you have to think you can win everything. But next season I am confident, not just because of our squad but also because both United and City have had big losses. Both were great coaches and you have to think that the new man doesn’t do the same job. In our minds it’s a good thing.’

Striker Demba Ba agrees. ‘We’re pleased about the Europa League and Champions League spot, but we could have done better in the Premier League.

‘And the disappointment of this means we’re going to work very hard and get ready for the new season,’ said the Senegal striker.

‘With or without Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini, United and City still have great players but we’re confident in what we can do next season.’ The 50-year-old had already confirmed he will take charge at Chelsea this week.

‘I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea,’ he said to leading Spanish TV football show Punto Pelota. ‘I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that.

‘Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you.’

But never have the words ‘the bitter end’ been more apt as Mourinho took charge of his last game at Real on Saturday before returning to Stamford Bridge.

He left the Bernabeu on Saturday night without saying goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Iker Casillas, having suggested all three had deliberately ruled themselves out of his last game in charge.

And as if to underline the divisions, Alvaro Arbeloa — one of the players who had stayed loyal to Mourinho in what had become a dressing-room war against the coach — claimed the manager had been betrayed by his players.

Mourinho had left as many as 10 first-team players out of his final squad for Saturday’s visit of Osasuna, but claimed that, while many were injured and had been ruled out by the club’s medical staff, Ronaldo, Casillas and Pepe had all taken it upon themselves to miss the last game.

He told Spanish television channel Intereconomia: ‘The players not in the team had either been declared injured by club doctors, or have declared themselves injured. Pepe, Cristiano and Casillas all ruled themselves out with back pain. They did not train all week and they did not train very well last week either.’

The disintegration of player-coach relations after Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final exit against Borussia Dortmund intensified after the charade of the Spanish Cup final, which Real lost with both Mourinho and Ronaldo sent off. It had reached such levels that it seems the star players wanted no part in their coach’s send-off.

The manager who built winning teams at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto on the foundation of unbreakable dressing-room unity was unable to do the same at Real Madrid. Straight after Saturday’s 4-2 win, Arbeloa suggested that Mourinho was let down by selfish players.

The Spain defender said: ‘Mourinho gave everything for the club, always putting it first and sometimes his image was affected by that. I am not sure everyone else, players included, can say  the same.

‘A lot of us worried that we might look bad in the media. We worried about having a good public image and we spoke always for our own benefit. There is a good group of players here and we all have a good relationship but perhaps we lacked maturity at times.’

The split between Mourinho and his players was never as clear as in the tunnel before the final home game of the season as he waited until the last moment possible to take to the pitch. Ronaldo was also in the tunnel waiting to be awarded a post-season prize and not a word was exchanged between the pair.

Pepe and Casillas appeared at the top of the stairs that lead to the dressing room, ready to watch the game from the private players’ boxes high up in the Bernabeu. They looked down on Ronaldo. He looked at Mourinho, who looked out on to the pitch, avoiding eye contact with his three errant players.

It was an image to sum up a tempestuous last season in charge when, for the first time in his career, the Special One had lost the dressing room.

‘We have to learn for next season,’ said Arbeloa. ‘With the new coach, we have to be united with everyone helping each other.

‘This coach (Mourinho) has won wherever he has gone and it is strange that here, where he had the best squad he has ever had, is where he has won the least.’

The divisions in the dressing room were, as ever, replicated in the stands of the Bernabeu.  Supporters behind one goal sung his name throughout the 4-2 win but the songs were drowned out by jeers from the remaining three sides of the stadium.

There were ‘Thanks for everything’ signs held aloft but others read, ‘Thanks for nothing’ and ‘Don’t ever come back’.

The most vocal of the pro-Mourinho supporters hung a ‘Mourinho we love you’ banner from the stand behind the south goal.

The outgoing coach came back out to those supporters after the end of the game to have pictures taken with several who had made their way on to the pitch.

The game itself saw Mourinho clock up his 128th win in his 178th game in charge. It also meant the club had gone the entire season without losing at home — save the cup final when they had occupied the away dressing room. Despite the victory there was little sign of celebrations.

Another who said an unhappy goodbye was Gonzalo Higuain. He did not celebrate after scoring the game’s opener and confirmed after the match that he would not play for Real again: ‘It’s a decision I have taken calmly over time. I have been here seven years, they try to sell me every pre-season and I need to go somewhere I am truly wanted.’

Arsenal will have taken note of the confirmation of his departure, as well as his insistence that a switch to Juventus had not been finalised.

Luka Modric and Arbeloa both had farewell photographs taken with Mourinho and his coaching staff. And when Michael Essien, on loan from Chelsea, scored Madrid’s second goal, he ran to embrace the coach on the touchline.

Essien expects to go back to Chelsea with Mourinho, while, at Madrid, a new era begins as the club confirm Florentino Perez will continue as president for the next four years.

His first business will be to try to persuade Ronaldo to sign a contract extension but he may be fighting a losing battle with Manchester United confident they can lure the forward back to Old  Trafford, making him a spectacular signing for new manager David Moyes.

Perez met the player’s agent Jorge Mendes last week — and a two-year extension on Ronaldo’s  current deal that runs until 2016 is on the table which would see him clear £13.5million a year after tax has been paid by the club.

There is hope at the Bernabeu that with the increased offer and Mourinho’s departure Ronaldo is more likely to stay but the Portugal star is aware that he would be adored by United fans if he returns in contrast to the mixed reception he has received from Real supporters

Perez knows the player’s decision will impact on just how hard he must push to bring in Gareth Bale for £80m this year, as well as influencing whether a £40m bid for Luis Suarez goes ahead.