Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho, aka ‘The Special One’, has returned to Cheslea Football Club, where he’s to take up the position of First Team manager on a four year contract.
The ‘Special One’ returns to Stamford Bridge, saying: “I think we are ready to marry again and to be happy and successful again.”
Mourinho previously won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007 with the club, and most recently managed Real Madrid.
He replaces Rafa Benitez, who guided Chelsea to third place in the Premier League and won the Europa League after taking over the helm on an interim basis November 2012.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, Mourinho said: “I’m very happy. I had to prepare myself for not to be too emotional at my arrival at the club but obviously I’m very happy.
“It was an easy decision. I met the owner (Roman Abramovich) and I think in five minutes after a couple of very short but pragmatic questions we decided I think straight away.
“I asked the boss – ‘do you want me back?’ and the boss asked me ‘do you want to come back?’ and I think in a couple of minutes, decision made.
“I love it here and I have big connections with the club. I think we are ready to marry again and to be happy and successful again.”
Mourinho first joined Chelsea in 2004 and led them to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, but left the following year after falling out with Abramovich over transfer budgets.
The Portuguese went on to win league titles in Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively.
He said of his split from Chelsea: “I think my departure was not easy for the club but if you analyse it in a cool way and leave emotions a bit apart, I think it was fantastic because in my career after that I had what I was aiming for in that period of my career.
“By the other way, Chelsea football club got important trophies after that, had important moments in the history of the club and now we are back together in a great moment for both.”
He also told Chelsea TV: “In my career I had two great passions, Inter and Chelsea, and Chelsea is more important for me. It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea.
“Now I promise exactly the same thing I promised in 2004, with the difference that I’m one of you.”
Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay said: “I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.
“It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that.
“He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”