Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2013

Mourinho could suffer early Chelsea blow

Jose Mourinho already seems to be losing his way in London as his assistant manager from Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka, is currently remaining loyal to the Spanish giants.

Karanka played the majority of his career in Spain, notably winning the Champions League on several occasions with Madrid, but is as of yet refusing to confirm he wants to join Chelsea.


Karanka is currently not joining the other staff which have left for London, and he was reported by the Sun as saying: “Mourinho offered me to go with him but Real Madrid haven’t told me I’m to be released.

“I’ve still got three years left on my contract and I’d have to pay them to leave.

“If I leave, then I’ll join Mourinho at Chelsea, or else I’ll go and become head coach at a French top division club.”

The move

Mourinho is expected to bring his backroom staff with him to Stamford Bridge and his assistant coaches, Jose Morais and Luis Campos, have already made the commitment, the paper claims.

One of the regular coaches at Madrid told the newspaper: “We’re travelling to London on Sunday or Monday when we’ll be presented as Chelsea’s new coaching team.

“Mourinho wants to enjoy the good relationship he knows he can have in England and which he didn’t have in Spain.”

Mourinho is set to return to Chelsea to replace Napoli-bound Rafael Benitez, who held the post on an interim basis at Stamford Bridge.

Although fans opposed his appointment, the Spaniard did help the club qualify for next season’s Champions League and also delivered them a major trophy when they won the Europa League in Amsterdam with a last-gasp win over Benfica.


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