Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that he's willing to sign a new four-year contract with the club this summer, with The Times reporting that negotiations are only on hold for now so the Blues boss can concentrate on the fight to win three trophies.
Mourinho's current deal will have two years to run when the current campaign concludes, with Chelsea chiefs eager to tie the Portuguese tactician down to longer terms at the earliest possible opportunity.
Until a fortnight ago the focus was on securing Eden Hazard's long-term future, but now that he's signed on the dotted line Chelsea will focus on making sure Mourinho is going nowhere.
Mourinho has changed in some respects
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly enjoys a far more productive relationship with Mourinho than during his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, with the sometimes volatile coach much more willing to work within a management structure prominently featuring Michael Emenalo.
That match with on-field success and impressive work in the transfer market means Chelsea want Mourinho to stay in West London for the long haul.
Smart decision from Chelsea bosses
Making sure Mourinho doesn't cast admiring glances has to be a priority for Chelsea, along with a one-year extension for skipper John Terry.
Chelsea are currently paying Mourinho a salary of £8.5 million-a-year, when you consider Hazard earns £10m in his whopping new contract the Blues boss is surely in line for a pay rise.
Delivering Chelsea's first Premier League title in five years would make sure of that, keeping the world's second-best paid coach behind Pep Guardiola at the club he calls home for a significant period of time.
Chelsea fans, is securing Mourinho's future more important than any deal for Hazard? Does Terry also deserve fresh terms? Have your say in the comment box below.
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