Jose Mourinho has shaken hands with Roman Abramovich on a deal that will see him handsomely rewarded for his role in leading Chelsea to the Premier League title.
According to an exclusive published by The Sun this morning The Special One’s domestic success this term - which also saw his side lift the Capital One Cup - has convinced Abramovich that he is the perfect man to lead Chelsea forward, and so a new deal is in the offing.
Yesterday’s reports insinuated that Mourinho’s new contract would tie him to the club until 2019 and see him get a raise on his £8.4million-a-season deal at Stamford Bridge, but The Sun’s report goes one better, including supposed confirmation that the Portuguese coach is to receive £42m over the course of the next four years.
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The breakdown of the deal sees Mourinho taking home £200,000-a-week, which is a £2m-a-year increase on the contract he signed when he returned to west London from Real Madrid in 2013.
It’s believed that when he did that he accepted a pay-cut as a way of proving to Abramovich that he was fully committed to leading Chelsea into another era of success, and now the Russian billionaire wants to reward him.
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Despite crashing out in the first knockout phase of the Champions League and suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Bradford City in the FA Cup Fourth Round, Chelsea have unquestionably been the dominant force in English football this season, and last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace gifted them the league title with three games to spare.
By the end of the season Chelsea will have beaten Manchester United’s record for the longest time spent at the top of the table - the Blues will have recorded 274 days in pole position.
Such a stat is testament to just how much catching up their would-be rivals need to do, and with Mourinho pledging his future to Stamford Bridge things don’t look like getting any easier for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.
Potential for the best ever?
Widely considered one of, if not the, greatest managers in the game Mourinho has an exceptional record at the top, and although he’s already ruled out breaking Sir Alex Ferguson’s record for league titles won, he could well be recognised as one of English football’s best ever coaches by the time he retires.
At 52 he’s got plenty of time to further enhance his reputation and, having already collected two Champions Leagues and eight major league titles from his time with Porto, Chelsea - in both stints -, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, there’s no reason he can’t be as decorated as the most fabled managers in history.
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