Jose Mourinho is ready to return to Chelsea football club as manager, according to reports emerging today.
The former Porto boss enjoyed unprecedented success at Stamford Bridge after taking over in 2004, guiding the Blues to back-to-back Premier League titles, as well as two League Cup and one FA Cup success during his three years at the helm.
After leaving for Serie 'A' following a fallout with Roman Abramovich, 'the special one' scooped two titles and a Champions League crown whilst in charge of Inter Milan.
A move to Real Madrid was next on the agenda in the summer of 2010, but the La Liga title - as well as a third European Cup - evaded Mourinho in his first season at the Bernabeu as Barcelona dominated proceedings.
And, after months of speculation, a source close to the 49-year-old has told The Sun that Mourinho is willing to return to west London if he can get assurances from Abramovich over the running of the club.
"He knows things are a mess there right now. He also knows it would be difficult to go back and make the same impact as before," said the source.
"Winning the Premier League title back to back in his first two years at a club that had not been champions for 50 years was incredible. That's why he's still loved by the fans and why he still loves the club. They were special days.
"But before agreeing, he would want things very clear between him and Roman Abramovich. He would say 'Roman, you are the owner and I am the boss here. Let's work together and the power is in our hands'.
"For Jose that would be the perfect partnership."
Mourinho is adored by Chelsea fans for the success he delivered on the King's Road, and his successors have struggled to meet the standards he set in the capital.
His former scout, Andre Villas-Boas, is currently in charge at Stamford Bridge, but the source's comments will put more pressure in AVB to deliver this season as the Blues battle for a place in the Champions League.