Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the new manager of Chelsea, two days after his final game in charge of Real Madrid.
Los Blancos agreed in mid-May to part company with the Portuguese by mutual consent at the end of the season, after a difficult third year for the 50-year-old ended trophyless.
On from overseeing his final game in charge of the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, Mourinho has now agreed a return to his old club Chelsea, made official today.
“Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as First Team Manager,” Chelsea confirmed in a statement published on Monday afternoon.
“Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.”
Chief executive Ron Gourlay was quoted in the statement too.
“I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.
“It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that.
“He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”
Mourinho’s final year with Madrid was hit with continuous reports of off-the-field clashes with various members of the Madrid playing staff, including most notably Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, whilst he also engaged in a public war of words with Real Madrid Castilla Coach Alberto Toril.