Friday 27 April 2018

Chelsea set to offer Jose Mourinho a new contract until 2019

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Matt Law

Chelsea will step up negotiations over a new contract for manager Jose Mourinho now the Premier League title is secure.

Mourinho’s current deal he signed on his return to Chelsea in 2013 has two years remaining and the Blues are poised to extend that by a further two years.

Chelsea have been planning to offer Mourinho a new contract for some time, but official talks had to take a back seat while the club attempted to win a first title in five years.

With the title now wrapped up, attention can turn to securing Mourinho’s long-term future and the Portuguese has already made it clear he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this year, Mourinho said: “I'm not here thinking about my next move because I don't want to have a next move. I will have a next move if and when Chelsea decides it's time for that.

“I’m here to stay. I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belong to me. I gave a lot to Chelsea in the past, but they also gave a lot to me. This is a different professional relationship.”

Mourinho’s first Chelsea spell ended after three years, following a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich but the relationship between the pair is now much better.

Abramovich and the club gave Mourinho their full backing in his battle with match officials earlier this season and it was noticeable that the Russian billionaire received a glowing name check after the victory over Crystal Palace that clinched the title for Chelsea.

“I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me,” said Mourinho. “The day he tells me to go, I go. He is the man who won every title at Chelsea – some players did some, others did others. Same with managers. Mr Abramovich won it all. If he has replicas, he needs a big house.”

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