Chelsea have decided to open contract talks with manager Jose Mourinho as an urgent priority, despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
Mourinho's current three-year deal with the Blues doesn't expire until next summer, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to get talks underway over fresh terms regardless.
That is according to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, who reports that Abramovich believes Mourinho is doing a brilliant job in his second spell at Stamford Bridge and wants him in charge for the long haul.
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Big pay packet demands success
Mourinho is under huge pressure to deliver success this season, but has met the challenge with strong Premier League performances that have Chelsea on course for their first Premier League title in five years.
Match that with success in the Capital One Cup and Mourinho will have definitely succeeded in justifying his whopping €17m-a-year pay packet, even if the disappointment of failure in Europe is still raw.
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Abramovich is a happy man
Despite courting controversy off the pitch Mourinho's overall performance since returning for a second spell has impressed Abramovich, with a source close to the Russian billionaire telling the Star: "Roman has no complaints.
"He will definitely want Jose to stay, even if they do not win the league."
Mourinho is made for Chelsea
Mourinho's tactical approach may be under the microscope after failing to get the job done against PSG in midweek, but his transfer strategy and approach domestically have both been an unequivocal success over the last 12 months.
The Blues boss has replenished the squad with quality players right through the spine of the team and proves ruthless in removing stars that don't perform consistently, even if they're fan favourites.
A domestic double would be more than vindication for Chelsea to stick with the highest-paid manager in world football, even if his win-at-all-costs attitude wins few friends outside the club.
Quite frankly if he can win silverware every season Blues fans and most importantly Abramovich could care less.
Chelsea fans, is Mourinho still the man to take this talented forward, both at home and in Europe? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the box below!