June 2, 2013
Jose Mourinho has long been rumored to return to Chelsea this summer, where he managed from 2004 until 2007. On Sunday morning, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the rumors were in fact true.
From Sky Sports News:
UPDATE: Monday, June 3, at 7:22 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Jose Mourinho is confident he will be the next Chelsea manager. Football Espana's staff has the latest:
Jose Mourinho has confirmed in an interview with Punto Pelota that he will take over at Chelsea this week.
'I can’t speak as manager of Chelsea because at the moment I am not. But I will go to London and between Monday and the end of the week I should become Chelsea boss,' said the Portuguese.
“You’ll have to wait and see whether I will or won’t take over at Chelsea but I’d like to because I was happy there and I think that the people want me.'
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UPDATE: Sunday, June 2, at 10:35 a.m. by Timothy Rapp
It seems it is only a matter of time now until Chelsea officially announces Mourinho as the new manager, as the former Real Madrid man is now in the United Kingdom, according to Sky Sports News:
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Of course, until either Mourinho or Chelsea make an announcement, nothing is official.
Earlier on Sunday, the Premier League's website ran a story reporting that Mourinho had joined the club, only to be removed and dubbed a "publishing error," according to BBC Sport. Clearly, everyone is anticipating his return to the club at this point.
Mourinho was wildly successful in his three-year tenure at Chelsea. He won six total trophies, including the Premier League title (twice), an FA Cup and two league cups.
He also never lost a league game at home for Chelsea, part of a magical run in which his clubs didn't lose at home over the course of nine years.
Mourinho never really became "the Special One" at Real Madrid, however. Though the club won a La Liga title in 2011-12 and earned three total trophies in his three seasons, the team couldn't advance past the Champions League semifinals, reaching that stage in three straight years.
There are questions to be answered about Mourinho's reported return to Stamford Bridge, of course. Will a smaller, more nimble Chelsea—led by the additions of players like Eden Hazard and Oscar last summer—fit his managerial style?
Will he finally move on from Fernando Torres and add an elite striker to lead the line? Will any players follow him from Real Madrid?
It will be interesting to see how Mourinho shapes this club in the coming summer. But at this point, it seems safe to say Mourinho is indeed on his way to London once again.
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