Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge has been the hottest transfer news of the moment but fans of the Portuguese tactician are yet to understand the financial implications surrounding the ‘special one’s’ return to the club he left six years ago.
While Mourinho was on his way out of Stamford Bridge in 2007, Roman Abramovich returned a compensation package of £18 million to the manager who won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two Carling Cups and the community shield in three seasons with Chelsea. His possible return to the East London club this summer will further cost the Russian business tycoon £12 million.
Mourinho signed a four years contract after he won the La Liga last summer with Real Madrid, as part of the agreement a break- out clause was inserted into the contract.
The Portuguese’s present contract lasts until 2016 and if Abramovich should choose to bring him back to Chelsea, he will have to pay Madrid up to a year of the three years left in his contract.
Mourinho claimed his future may not be with the Los Blancos at the post match press conference after the club failed to qualify for the Wembley Finals.
He had had a gentleman agreement with Madrid president Florentino Perez that he could walk away from his contract without financial compensation if they went on to win their 10th European Cup.
With that not to be Mourinho’s rescue from Spanish football now lies on Abramovich negotiating with the richest club in the world for his release.
Since at the press conference, Mourinho claimed he is ‘loved’ in this country and added that at least one club in England- presumably Chelsea- has been greatly influenced by him. With Chelsea yet to win a title this season- though they have the chance to clinch the Europa Cup- Abramovich should start weighing things up and prepare for a long- lasting shake-up, if he must appease the Blues’ fans next season.