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Jose Mourinho chooses to reject Chelsea pay rise

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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.”

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Commitment

Mourinho is already one of the best paid managers in the world, falling short of Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola (£11.2m) but sitting above Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (£8.3m).

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.

Long-term plan

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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