Saturday 18 November 2017

Chelsea could have to pay Jose Mourinho while he manages Manchester United

Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal
Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal

Matt Law

Chelsea could have to pay Jose Mourinho while he manages Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Mourinho is the favourite to replace United manager Louis van Gaal, but may have to accept a pay cut to take over at Old Trafford.

Chelsea gave Mourinho a new contract worth around £10 million a year in August, but the Portuguese can expect to earn about £6 million a season to succeed Van Gaal.

Under the terms of his Stamford Bridge departure, it is believed Mourinho will continue to be paid by Chelsea until he finds another job.

It is also understood, however, that Chelsea will have to make up the shortfall in any wage cut Mourinho accepts at a new club until the end of this season.

 That could mean that Chelsea have to pay Mourinho around £1.5 million to manage United if he replaces Van Gaal early in the new year.

Both Mourinho’s camp and Chelsea refused to comment on the terms of the 52-year-old’s exit. But the prospect of Chelsea paying him while in charge of United will anger Stamford Bridge fans, who did not want Mourinho to be sacked and showed their support for him during last week’s victory over Sunderland.

More palatable will be the possibility of Mourinho replacing Rafa Benítez at Real Madrid before the end of the season and Chelsea supplementing the wages of the Portuguese at the Bernabéu until the end of the season.

 Reports in Spain claim Benítez could be sacked before Real’s next game at home to Real Sociedad on January 30 and that president Florentino Pérez has already made enquiries about taking Mourinho back to the club.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink expressed his sympathy for both Mourinho, who he has replaced, and fellow Dutchman Van Gaal.

“If you look at his [Mourinho’s] record over the years, it’s an amazing record at various clubs,” said Hiddink. “The titles he won, many titles. Lots of respect for that. But, nevertheless, things happen in football and people take the decision they’ve taken.”

On Van Gaal, he added: “They [United] are struggling as well, that’s for sure. That also has much to do with the improving Premier League.”

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