Jose Mourinho has agreed to join Chelsea, claims assistant
Jose Mourinho has already agreed a deal to take over as Chelsea boss this summer, according to Real Madrid coach Aitor Karanka
Jose Mourinho has already agreed a deal to take over as Chelsea boss this summer, according to Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka.
The 50-year-old the overwhelming favourite to take the reins at Stamford Bridge this summer after it was confirmed he would be leaving the La Liga club after three seasons earlier this month.
And Karanka says a deal has already been done for the Portuguese coach to return to the club he led to six trophies between 2004 and 2007.
“Mourinho has joined Chelsea,” Karanka is quoted as saying by Metro.
“He offered me the chance to go with him but Real Madrid hasn’t told me I’ll be released.
“I’ve still got three years left on my contract and I’d have to pay them to leave.
“If I do go though, I’ll join Mourinho at Chelsea – or maybe even become a manager at a top French club.”
Mourinho’s last game in charge of Real Madrid is Saturday’s home clash against Osasuna.
And the former Inter Milan boss wished Los Blancos fans “much happiness” in a statement on the club’s website.
“I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future,” he said. “I appreciate the support of lots of fans and respect the criticism of others.
“Once again, a lot of happiness to everyone and, above all, good health. Hala Madrid!”
Jose Mourinho fact-file
• A former teacher, Mourinho had spells working at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona as a coaching assistant in the 1990s.
• As coach, he had a brief nine-game stay at Benfica and a highly successful tenure at Leiria before really making his mark after arriving at Porto in January 2002. In his first full season, 2002-03, Porto won the Uefa Cup and a domestic double. The next year they retained their league title and claimed the Champions League.
• Mourinho joined Chelsea in 2004 and led the club to the League Cup and their first league championship for 50 years in his first season. Followed up with the league title again in 2006, and both the League Cup and FA Cup in 2007.
• He left Chelsea in September 2007 and stayed out of football until joining Inter in June 2008. In his first campaign the Nerazzurri retained their Serie A crown, a feat they repeated in 2009-10 when they also added the Coppa Italia and the Champions League title, their first European Cup win since 1965.
• Victory at the Bernabeu was Mourinho’s last act as Inter coach before joining Madrid on a four-year deal. His first season featured the club’s first Copa del Rey victory in 18 years and a Champions League semi-final appearance, his second the Liga title and an end to Barcelona’s three successive championship triumphs.
• In the 2012-13 season, Mourinho’s Madrid failed to win any major silverware and were beaten by local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.