Jose Mourinho rejected Chelsea's original offer of a four-year contract because he did not want a pay rise, reports The Sun.
Roman Abramovich was ready to offer the Special One improved terms on his current £8.5m salary in an attempt to tie his long-term future to Stamford Bridge.
Surprisingly, Mourinho told the Chelsea owner that he would not accept a pay rise, but is instead set to agree a two-year extension to his current deal.
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While an official announcement is yet to be made, a source close to the deal has told the same report that everything is done and dusted.
The source said: “It has been an easy deal to do. Jose said he’s happy on the same money as before so we’re just extending the contract by two years. Everyone’s delighted.”
Abramovich had already been taken aback by Mourinho's agreeableness to earn less than is on offer. When returning from Real Madrid in 2013, the Portuguese offered to take a pay cut from his £10m wage at the Bernabeu and will now be on the smaller wage of £8.5m until 2019.
Mourinho had already hinted that he would not agree to a pay rise if Abramovich offered it. He simply stated that he was willing to stay in west London so long as the Russian oligarch wanted him.
Mourinho said last season: “I don’t need a contract, I don’t need a pay rise. I stay as long as Mr Abramovich wants me!”
It now seems certain that Mourinho is ready to stay at Chelsea for the foreseeable future and build a dynasty to rival that of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
The 52-year-old has been something of a jet-setter in his managerial career so far and has never spent more than three years at a single club.
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