Jose Mourinho may only be a day in the Chelsea job, but he doesn’t have much time to waste as he goes about organising his summer schedule. Chelsea have a good squad of players, but there is still a lot of work to do in preparation for the coming season. One of Mourinho’s first jobs will be to assess the squad and decide who stays and who goes. Identifying the needs of the team comes before any big moves in the transfer market, and while some decisions are easier than others, one of the biggest decisions he will have to make is what to do with Michael Essien.
It’s taken a while to have confirmed what everyone and their dog already knew, but Chelsea have finally and officially confirmed the appointment of The Special One Jose Mourinho as their new manager. Mourinho has signed a 4 year deal reportedly worth £8.5 million per year, making him the highest paid gaffer in the league. Only 10 days ago, we spoke about the importance of giving Mourinho time to build his own dynasty if and when he returned, and it seems like that is exactly what the man himself has in mind for the club.
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.
There have been rumours and reports for quite a while about a possible return to Chelsea of the former manager and fans favourite Jose Mourinho. His main priority recently, however, has been trying towin the Champions League trophy for his current club Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions gave Borussia Dortmund a scare last night, but their second goal came too late and left just minutes to get the goal that would have taken them to the final. Mourinho and Madrid still have the Spanish cup final on May 18th, but thoughts are already turning to next season. Mourinho’s thoughts seem to be turning to Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid are ready to part ways with Angel Di Maria, with Chelsea keen on bringing the winger to Stamford Bridge.
Di Maria has made a huge impact in Spain since making his move from Portuguese outfit Benfica, but has struggled to remain fit, suffering various short-term injuries. This is thought to be the key reason behind Madrid’s willingness to negotiate a deal to move the player on.
Manchester United as well as Chelsea have been linked with moves for the audacious winger, with the Blues interest thought to be the more serious.
When Chelsea agreed to loan Michael Essien to Real Madrid for the season, there was not too much complaining from Chelsea fans, probably due to the fact that the 30-year old had made just 14 Premier League appearances the previous season and did not look the same player he once was. His form has got better since joining Madrid, however, and he has become an important player for the Spanish champions.
Watching him play against Galatasaray, who had another former Chelsea player Didier Drogba in the side, in the Champions League quarter-finals made me think that he should be back at Stamford Bridge. It’s a shame we can’t bring him now, with the Chelsea squad groaning under the weight of the fixture pile up.
Jose Mourinho will be at Stamford Bridge tonight, but it has nothing to do with Chelsea. I would not be surprised, however, if there is a meeting between the special one and his former employer Roman Abramovich, as it seems ever more likely that Mourinho will return to Chelsea as the manager before the start of next season.
The Real Madrid boss will be the guest of the Brazilian football authorities tonight for the friendly international between Brazil and Germany. He was last at the ground in 2010 when his Inter Milan side knocked the Blues out of the Champions League on their way to a famous continental treble. Mourinho is still on target to steer Real Madrid to European cup glory and become the first coach to win it with three different teams.
The most successful period for Chelsea was also the most successful period for the manager at the time Jose Mourinho. The `special one` has also proclaimed those three-and-a-half years as his happiest time in football. The beautiful friendship could soon be rekindled, according to another former manager of the Blues Ruud Gullit.
The Dutchman thinks that Mourinho is set to take over from Benitez at the end of the season, and also that he was going to come back to Stamford Bridge last summer. The only thing that delayed his return was that Roberto Di Matteo guided us to Champions league glory.
There has been an interesting statement by the former Real Madrid star Ivan Campo, who firmly believes that the current Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will be returning to the Premiership next season, and most likely to Chelsea.
According to most bookmakers recommended by My Betting Sites, the Everton manager David Moyes is the 5/4 favourite to take over from Rafael Benitez next season, but most Chelsea fans would surely be much happier if the Special One makes a hero’s return to Stamford Bridge, and it would seem the current price of 15/8 available looks good value if Campo is correct in his prediction.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract, keeping him with the West-London club until at the summer of 2014, and I personally believe it is because ‘The Special One’ is returning home.
Cole had been expected to leave the Blues at the end of the season for free, with Chelsea previously said to be unwilling to offer the 32 year-old a new deal.
The England left-back’s agent was in Madrid earlier this month to hold talks over a possible move to Real, but with Jose Mourinho leaving Spain this summer he decided to look elsewhere.