Petr Cech says he would welcome the return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in the summer - describing the 50-year-old as a 'fantastic manager".

Mourinho oversaw back to back Premier League title wins in his first two season in charge of Chelsea between 2004 and 2006, before leaving under a cloud in 2007.

The Portuguese boss has gone on to win the Champions League with Inter Milan before setting up camp at Real Madrid, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2010.

Heavily criticised interim boss Rafa Benitez, who took over from Roberto di Matteo in November, confirmed last week that he would be leaving Chelsea in May, and Cech says he would welcome back Mourinho as his replacement.

The Czech shotstopper said:  "We had a fantastic success with him, so why not? He is a fantastic manager."

Despite his success, Mourinho looks to be on the way out of Madrid this summer after a tumultuous season which has seen the defence of their league title fail to get off the ground while rumours of bust-ups with players continue to circulate.

That has prompted speculation he could be set to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City also said to be keen on securing his services.

Should Mourinho return to Chelsea in the summer, it would mark club owner Roman Abramovich's 9th managerial appointment since he took over the Blues and installed the former Porto boss nine years ago.

Cech, who arrived from Rennes in the same year, defended Chelsea's revolving door managerial policy, and says the club's trophy haul since Abramovich took over shows there is another way to success.

"We do it our way, the other clubs do it their way, and it seems to work so far, so long may it continue," he said.

"You can argue with a lot of things but in the same period of time we won more or less the same number of trophies as Manchester United.

"They had one manager, we had eight, and we won the same  trophies. We won the Champions League, there are so many positives.

"Arsenal had the same manager and it is a long time since they won something. You can’t always say that is the fault of the manager or the players. Maybe if you asked them if they would rather have 10 managers and six trophies, I don’t know what they would say.’

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