Chelsea confirm Mourinho return
Chelsea have confirmed the return of Jose Mourinho as manager on a four-year deal.
The 50-year-old Portuguese coach travelled to London on Monday to complete the formalities of a return to Stamford Bridge after his exit from Real Madrid was confirmed.
Mourinho managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, leading the west London club to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.
The 50-year-old succeeds interim manager Rafael Benitez, who had replaced Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012, and following some initial difficulties went on to guide the Blues to a third-place finish as well as winning the Europa League.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay told the club's official website: "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 will bring assistant coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais to Stamford Bridge and they will work alongside current first-team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.
Mourinho expressed his love for Chelsea after his era as Real Madrid boss ended on Saturday night with a 4-2 win over Osasuna in the Primera Division. Before he left Spain, Mourinho spoke to TV football show Punto Pelota about his future plans.
"I'm going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea," he said. "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."