Jose Mourinho has signed a four- year contract with Chelsea FC to become the manager of the West London club for the second time.
The Portuguese manager, in his interview with Chelsea TV journalists described the ‘Blues’ as his ‘passion’ and when asked if he promised to deliver as much quality to Chelsea FC as he did during his previous tenure, Mourinho replied:
“It is exactly the same message but now I am one of you and that is the difference.
“I never hid that in football, in my career, I had two great passions, Inter and Chelsea. And Chelsea is more than important for me.
“It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea and I did it only twice which was not so bad. I promise exactly the same things as I promised in 2004 with the difference that I am one of you.”
Mourinho, who had had meetings to finalise the deal with Blues officials on Monday, hours after his departure from Real Madrid, said he was delighted over his return to Stamford Bridge.
He will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Monday June 10.
As ‘The Special One’ often does, the trio of Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais, all part of Mourinho’s coaching staff at Madrid, will accompany the manager to England.
The club officially released a statement which 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.”
Mourinho remains the most decorated manager in the history of Chelsea FC, winning six trophies in just over three years at the club including Chelsea’s first league title in 50 years, and most notably in his first tenure. He left the club on mutual consent in 2007, four months after winning the FA Cup.
For fans and players, Mourinho’s return means the glory days are back. One of the most predictable transfers in recent times has seen the green light.