Monday 24 September 2018

Mourinho to be rewarded with new deal after Premier title win

Jose Mourinho is to be rewarded for guiding Chelsea to a first Premier League title in five years with a new contract.

The 52-year-old Portuguese manager is halfway through a four-year contract signed on his return to Stamford Bridge in June 2013 and has verbally agreed a two-year extension, according to reports. Mourinho won two Premier League titles in his first spell - including in 2005 Chelsea's first championship in 50 years - before departing after little more than three years as manager.

Since his return after a six-and-a-half-year absence, Mourinho has often spoken of his desire to stay as long as owner Roman Abramovich wishes to keep him. The Blues boss repeated that after Sunday's 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace, which secured Chelsea's first title since 2009-10 and the eighth of his prolific career. "As I was saying since the beginning of the season, I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me to stay. The day he tells me to go, I go," said Mourinho.

One player who is keen to stay despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona is Cesar Azpilicueta, the right-footed Spain international who has impressed at left-back. Azpilicueta said: "I'm currently playing in the best team in England, I'm not thinking about another team."

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