Chelsea are ready to offer Jose Mourinho a new contract in order to keep him from the clutches of Barcelona, according to sensational reports.
The Daily Express claims that The Special One has done enough to secure his future at Stamford Bridge, and the powers-that-be in west London are wary of European heavyweights who could try and prise him away, despite the fact the deal he signed in 2014 is scheduled to last for four years.
After putting pen to paper on that contract Mourinho ruled the roost over a Chelsea side which was unable to win major silverware last season, prompting speculation that his second spell in charge of the club wouldn’t be nearly so successful as his first.
However, after a series of huge buys which saw Nemanja Matic return to the club in January and the likes of Francesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis arrive in the summer, the Blues are more than just potent this campaign; they’re unerringly dominant.
Chelsea under The Special One
At the time of writing Chelsea have established a healthy lead at the summit of the Premier League, and even reigning champions Manchester City, who boast an in-form Sergio Aguero leading their line, are six points adrift, having already played Mourinho’s side at home.
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As a result many are tipping the Blues for glory, and with John Terry and Co. yet to lose a game either domestically or in Europe, it’s not too difficult to be caught up in the hype. If reports are to be believed then Roman Abramovich and the generals he commands at Stamford Bridge have clearly been swept up in the euphoria, as they’re planning on wafting a lucrative deal under Mourinho’s nose.
What the rumours say
Recent rumours have paved the way for talk that the Chelsea boss is being targeted by a host of European superpowers, with Barcelona, who currently sit second in La Liga under Luis Enrique, presenting perhaps the most worrying case from the Blues’ point of view.
The 50-year-old has already managed Real Madrid in Spain, but his acrimonious exit from the Santiago Bernabeu means that an inherent sense of loyalty probably wouldn’t be an overriding factor in Mourinho’s ultimate decision.