Special one,once more: Jose Mourinho signs for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea became official on Monday when he was hired as the London club’s new manager,six years after his acrimonious departure

Written by Reuters | London | Published: June 4, 2013 1:15:38 am

Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea became official on Monday when he was hired as the London club’s new manager,six years after his acrimonious departure.

Chelsea confirmed Monday that the 50-year-old Jose Mourinho was hired on a four-year contract after completing a three-year stint at Real Madrid,where his final season ended without a trophy. Madrid released the Portuguese coach from his contract,so Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not have to pay compensation to be re-united with the manager he fell out with in 2007.

There have been seven managers at Chelsea in the six years since Jose Mourinho left,having won every major domestic honor at Stamford Bridge but repeatedly falling short of giving Abramovich a Champions League trophy.

“I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success,drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate,” Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said. Mourinho’s return to Chelsea had been widely expected for weeks. Before flying to London,he told a Spanish TV program that he was expecting to be hired by Chelsea by the end of the week.

And on Sunday,the Premier League’s official site mistakenly published a story saying a deal had been completed. Mourinho won two Premier League titles,an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007 with Chelsea.

“He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again,” Gourlay added.

After leaving Chelsea,the 50-year-old Portuguese went on to coach Inter,winning two Serie A titles,the Italian Cup and the Champions League. With Madrid,he won one Copa del Rey and one Spanish league title. He has won two Champions League trophies too.

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