‘Special One’ speaks about his return to Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has been reappointed as the manager of Chelsea on a four-year deal.
Mourinho finished a turbulent three years in charge of Real Madrid with a 4-2 victory over Osasuna on Saturday – having confirmed already that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The ‘Special One’ has already set his sights on delivering another period of success at Stamford Bridge, and described his decision to rejoin the club as ‘easy’.
He was reported by the BBC as saying: “It was an easy decision.
“I asked the boss ‘do you want me back?’ and the boss asked ‘do you want to come back?’ – after a couple of minutes the decision was made.
“I’m very happy. I had to prepare myself to not be too emotional on my arrival at the club, but obviously I’m very happy.”
Crossing the Ts and dotting the Is
Mourinho had confirmed to Sky Sports on Sunday that he would soon be in charge of Chelsea again.
“I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea,” he stated. “I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that.
“Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you,” he ended with characteristic flair.
The self-appointed ‘Special One’ led Chelsea to two Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, before he left the year after because of disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich over transfer budgets.
Mourinho replaces Rafael Benitez – who led the club to glory in the Europa League and a third place finish after he was appointed on an interim basis.
Jumping the gun
While Mourinho’s return seemed to be the worst kept secret in the Premier League, publishers were still caught out over the return of the 50-year-old.
The Premier League themselves were forced to issue an apology to Chelsea after an article ran on their website with the headline “Jose Mourinho makes Chelsea return,” a day before the news was announced. It was swiftly removed from the website.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Premier League said: “It was a publishing error.
“We took it down as soon as we were notified of it, and we’ve spoken to and apologised to Chelsea.
“We have no prior knowledge of any movement or any announcement regarding Jose Mourinho.”
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