Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has been given the seal of approval – by Zinedine Zidane.
The 'Special One' will be officially unveiled as Chelsea boss on Monday after agreeing a four-year contract to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho departed Chelsea in 2007 under a cloud amidst rumours of a falling out with owner Roman Abramovich – but is back for a second spell and looking to guide the Blues to the Premier League title next season.
One man who thinks the 50-year-old is capable of that is Zidane, who was part of the Real Madrid hierarchy during Mourinho’s time in charge and is now the club’s sporting director.
The French World Cup winner believes Mourinho made the right decision to return to Chelsea, and says he is capable of guiding them to even more silverware.
“Jose still has confidence and I am sure he will do well,” said Zidane.
“Of course he has a special relationship with Chelsea and maybe he will feel more at home there than he did in Madrid. He has proved he is a coach full of quality – and I expect him to be very successful with Chelsea again.”
Mourinho left Madrid earlier this month after a tumultuous last season in charge of Los Blancos.
Zidane offered a glimpse of the pressure that comes with being in charge at the Bernabeu, and said it is unfair for people who have not experienced it to judge.
“You can coach any big club in Europe but until you have coached at Real Madrid you do not know the meaning of expectation,” he explained.
Mourinho won La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his time at Real but his last season was a barren one – runners-up in the league to Barcelona, beaten in the Cup final by Atletico Madrid and semi-finalists in the Champions League where they lost to Borussia Dortmund.
He added: “You are expected to win a major trophy every season. If you do not win at least one of La Liga or the Champions League every year, then the season cannot be considered a success.”