Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez has said to Sky Sports News that outgoing Real Madrid manager will re-join Chelsea this summer.
Perez had also announced that Mourinho was set to leave Real Madrid by “mutual consent” in May, and it has been widely presumed that the Portuguese will return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have remained tight-lipped over the matter all along, but it seems that an announcement may be imminent. The Premier League’s official website went live with and then removed a story which reported Mourinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the date set for Monday.
Rafa Benitez was perceived to be one of Mourinho’s only real contenders before he was released by Chelsea to join Napoli in the last few days, paving the way for the self-proclaimed “Special One’s” return to Chelsea.
Mourinho has been the stand-out candidate for Chelsea’s fans with many fans never understanding why he left in the first place. With a win percentage of over 70%, he is the second most successful in Premier League history. He also guided Chelsea to their first league title in 50 years, and followed that up with a second trophy in as many years in 2006.
Fans have expressed their desire to see their most successful ever manager rekindle his love-affair with the west-London club, with many singing Mourinho’s name throughout the tenure of Rafa Benitez.
David Johnstone, spokesman for Chelsea fanzine cfcuk said that: "The Chelsea players and the supporters will love him "for a lot of time since he left, supporters haven't been united.
“Last season saw probably the worst show of disunity I've experienced since I started following the club 40 years ago. Hopefully he will unite the fans.
"It will be a relief once the deal is finally announced and he will be welcomed back. He shouldn't have left in the first place and hopefully second time around it could be even better."
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