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Departing Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho. Picture: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Departing Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho. Picture: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Departing Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho. Picture: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

CHELSEA fans want "closure" with the return of Jose Mourinho even if his anticipated second coming ends in turmoil.

Mourinho, who is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, is set to be installed as manager at Stamford Bridge for a second time this summer, six years on from his first three-year spell.

After winning two Premier League titles and both domestic cups, the Portuguese left in acrimony in September 2007.

Supporters have long been calling for his return, particularly this season while Rafael Benitez has been in interim control.

Chelsea Supporters' Group chair Trizia Fiorellino said: "It will certainly end in tears, because these things so often do, even at clubs that aren't as tumultuous as ours. But I think what he will provide in that period in between is closure, one way or the other.

"He will bring success, he will manage the team through its transition and then he will end the chapter. The way he left almost felt like a bereavement. Both supporters and Jose himself think that there is unfinished business."

Owner Roman Abramovich is seeking a 10th permanent manager in 10 years. But there remain hurdles for Mourinho, who may be forced to compromise over the handling of team affairs.

"It will be interesting to see how he sets up the team," Fiorellino said.


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