Jose Mourinho | The 'Special One'

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Today's news that Jose Mourinho has signed a two-year contract extension to remain at Real Madrid has ruled the Portuguese tactician out of an imminent return to the Premier League.

The 'Special One' had been heavily linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge this summer, to replace Andre Villas-Boas at the Chelsea helm - a position that has been temporarily held by interim manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to one day manage again in England, with speculation also suggesting he could be targeted by Liverpool, as Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group continue their search for a long-term replacement for Kenny Dalglish.

However, all rumours have now been extinguished, after the Real boss - who has just delivered the La Liga title with a record-breaking 100 points - penned a new deal that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2016.

A statement on the Spanish club's website read: "Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have reached an agreement to extend the coach's contract with the club until June 30, 2016."

Madrid's recent title success, their 32nd Primera Division trophy, which ended Barcelona's three-year reign as champions, saw Mourinho become the first coach to win the league in Spain, England and Italy, after finishing the 2011-12 campaign nine points clear of Barcelona, with a league record tally of 121 goals.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss is also one of only three coaches to have won the Champions League with two different teams, having first led Porto to the European Cup in 2004, before bringing the crown back to the San Siro in 2010.

Mourinho has won numerous other trophies during a hugely successful coaching career that began with Benfica in 2000. After joining Porto in January 2002, he helped the club overcome their poor start to the league season, and guided them to a third place finish.

In his first full season in charge, he delivered a memorable treble, with the domestic league and cup, and the 2003 UEFA Cup. Porto finished the season 11 points clear of Mourinho's former club Benfica, after losing just twice in 34 matches.

The following year it was almost an identical story, with back-to-back league and cup crowns, the first courtesy of an eight point advantage over second place, only this time Mourinho helped Porto to the Champions League trophy with a 3-0 victory over Monaco in the final.

His impact in two-and-a-half years with Porto was nothing short of sensational, and attracted the attention of a host of top European clubs. But, it was Chelsea who convinced him to swap Estadio do Dragao for Stamford Bridge in June 2004.

Mourinho was an immediate hit in west London, delivering the Blues only their second top-flight title in their entire history in his first season, and a first since 1955. They lost just one of their 38 Premier League games, and finished 12 points clear of reigning champions Arsenal that year.

Like at Porto, Mourinho led Chelsea to successive league titles in another dominant campaign in 2005-06, but after falling out with Russian owner Roman Abramovich, he left his post in September 2007, taking a nine month sabbatical away from the game.

In June 2008 Inter announced the appointment of Mourinho on a lucrative three-year contract, and the Serie A giants' faith in the Portuguese boss was rewarded when he won the Scudetto at the first attempt. The Nerazzurri retained their title during a record-breaking season in 2009-10, where they became the first Italian club to win the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.

However, true to form, Mourinho once again bowed out on a high, and that summer he left the San Siro to join Real Madrid. He became the Spanish outfit's ninth coach in six years as the nine-time European champions sought to end Barcelona's domestic and continental dominance.

The 49-year-old led Madrid to the Copa del Rey crown in his first season in charge, winning the trophy for the first time since 1993 by beating Barca in the final, but finished four points behind Pep Guardiola's side in the league table.

Fast forward 12 months, though, and Mourinho has just guided the club to their first La Liga title in four years, but failed to add to Madrid's cup success after they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona at the quarter-final stages, and were beaten on penalties in the Champions League semi-finals by losing finalists Bayern Munich.

Regardless, there's no question that the 'Special One' is exactly that, having built himself a reputation as one of the most successful club managers in the modern era.

His new contract to keep him in the Spanish capital is a signal that Mourinho may in fact be waiting for another of the games greats to call it a day, as Sir Alex Ferguson's 25-year tenure at Old Trafford draws to an end.

The Manchester United job is another that the Portuguese has been heavily linked to, with few names thought capable of replacing Ferguson when his time is finally up.

In an interview with AS, Cristiano Ronaldo - who has played under both Mourinho and Ferguson during his time with Madrid and United - attempted to answer the question of who is a better manager.

"Ferguson was like a father to me, he taught me many things, and I achieved a very nice part of my career with him," reflected the 27-year-old.

"Mou, for his part, is the best coach in the world and to be with him now is great to be able to continue growing, it's very good working with him because he's the No 1."

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