It’s the news we’ve all been waiting to hear for sure, and it looks like the Premier League don’t want us to wait any longer! They have published a story on their website, dated Monday 3rd June, confirming that Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea and signed a contract of undisclosed length. The page has XX in place of the number of years of Mourinho’s contract, and it seems they have jumped the gun on confirming the worst kept secret in football for the last month.
The statement, which mainly consists of a breakdown of his record as Chelsea boss, states “Jose Mourinho has returned to Stamford Bridge after agreeing to take over as Chelsea manager for the second time. The 50-year-old Portuguese, who guided Chelsea to back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in his first two seasons in charge, returns to the west London club after an absence of almost six-years.”
The Premier League are not the only ones that are already talking about Mourinho’s appointment as a done deal. Following his final appearance as Real Madrid coach in their 4-2 win over Osasuna, Madrid defender and former Chelsea star Ricardo Carvalho told Sky Sports that he believes Mourinho can win the title in his first year there.
“I’m sure in two, three years they can but even in his first year he can win it again. When we arrived together in 2004 Chelsea had not won the league for 50 years so I hope now they can win it again. Jose is a special coach and I think he deserves all the best because he works very hard. Chelsea are a special club for me and I wish for them to win the Premier League again.”
Mourinho, usually one for the theatrics, signed off quietly and gracefully after the final game. Quickly in to the dugout just before the match started, he took the time to briefly acknowledge, applaud and thank the Madrid crowd before disappearing down the tunnel. Despite talks of him not being welcomed in Spain, he was given a rousing send off by the crowd who seemed genuinely appreciative of his work there. One team’s loss, however, is another’s gain, and Mourinho’s return is now all but guaranteed. It looks like tomorrow will be the day of the official announcement, but the time is coming. Brace yourself folks – it’s gonna be one hell of a ride.