Sunday 17 December 2017

Special One extends Real stay until 2016

Mark Elkington

Jose Mourinho has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid, which ties him to the new Spanish champions until 2016.

Mourinho, the self-styled Special One, joined Real from Inter Milan in 2010 on a four-year deal and led them to victory in the King's Cup final in his first season -- the club's first cup triumph in 18 years.

They won their first La Liga title for four years this month, smashing league records along the way and ending Barcelona's domestic dominance.

Real set a points record of 100 from 38 games, beating the previous best of 99 achieved by Pep Guardiola's side in 2009, and broke the league's goal-scoring record of 107 set by the Whites in 1989-90 by finding the net 121 times.

On a personal level, the league title was Mourinho's seventh -- he has also won two in Portugal with Porto, two in England with Chelsea and two in Italy with Inter.

Mourinho's next big challenge is to win a 10th European Cup for Real -- and his third with a different club after Champions League successes with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010.

Real have fallen in the semi-finals to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in his two years there. The last time they reached the final before then was in 2003.

Irish Independent

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