Mourinho close to signing new two-year deal with Chelsea


Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are ready to conclude talks over a new contract with a view to keeping the manager at Stamford Bridge until 2019.

Mourinho’s current deal expires in two years but after clinching the Barclays Premier League title, there is a will from both sides to swiftly complete a two-year extension.

Negotiations will accelerate when he returns to the training ground after taking two days off following the win against Crystal Palace, on Sunday, which secured the club’s first title in five years.

Mourinho is the highest paid manager in the Premier League, and can expect to be handed improved terms on the current £12.5million he earns per year under the terms of his current deal.

The players, who showered their manager with praise after winning the Premier League, are not expected to report back until Thursday when they will start preparations for the game at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Since his return to London from Real Madrid in 2013, Mourinho has always insisted he no longer felt the urge to hop from club to club to prove his ability and chase personal ambitions.

From the moment he came back, he claimed this was a different project, and gave the impression he was out to build a Chelsea dynasty to compete with what Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United.

Mourinho, who has won eight league titles in four different countries, says it is ‘impossible’ for him to match Sir Alex’s 13 Premier League wins but he is determined to achieve more at Stamford Bridge and continue to build a team which can better compete in Europe.

‘I’m here to stay,’ he said, earlier this year. ‘I belong to Chelsea and 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. My next move will be if and when Chelsea decides it is time.’

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