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Return of “the special one” 

 

Jose Mourinho has told Spanish television that he expects to be appointed Chelsea manager by the end of this week.

The Portuguese coach rounded off his three-year reign at Real Madrid with a 4-2 victory over Osasuna on Saturday, having already confirmed he would be leaving Spain at the end of the season.

In an interview with TV football show Punto Pelota, Mourinho insisted his return to Stamford Bridge would be made official within the next few days.

“I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea,” he said. “I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that.”

The 50-year-old led Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 before departing in 2007 after reported disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich over transfer budgets.

He is now set to replace former interim manager Rafael Benitez, who left the club after guiding them to third place in the Premier League while also clinching Europa League glory.