Jose Mourinho confirms Chelsea return

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will become the next permanent manager of Chelsea after leaving Real Madrid, and expects to finalise his return to Stamford Bridge by the end of the week.

The 50-year-old presided over his final game as Real Madrid boss on Saturday as Los Blancos triumphed 4-2 over Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu, and will arrive in London on Monday to work out the finer details of his deal with Chelsea.

"I'm going to London on Monday and I think that between Monday and the end of the week I will be the Chelsea manager," Mourinho told reporters.

"I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that.

He added: "Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you."

Mourinho's return to Chelsea has been expected for a number of the months with the Portuguese having endured a tumultuous final campaign with Real Madrid where his relationship soured with players and supporters.

The ex-Inter boss had a high-profile falling out with Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas, who failed to regain his place in the starting XI following his return from injury, with Mourinho favouring to retain Diego Lopez in goal.

This added to the expectation that Mourinho would end his three-year stint in Madrid at the end of the season, and it was confirmed last month that he would depart the 2011-12 La Liga champions by mutual consent.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez stated after the club's final match of the campaign that Mourinho would be joining Chelsea, with the former since breaking his silence for the first time about his next destination.

Mourinho won the Premier League title twice during his first spell at Chelsea, and arrives back at the club as the successor to interim boss Rafael Benitez, who ended his reign by claiming victory in the final of the Europa League.

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