Jose Mourinho has committed himself to Premier League champions Chelsea until at least 2019 after signing a new four-year contract as manager, the west London club said on Friday.
The 52-year-old, who had previously been in charge from 2004-2007, rejoined the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2013 and led Chelsea to the league title and League Cup success last season.
“I said when I returned here that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed,” Mourinho told the club’s website (www.chelseafc.com).
“I think this is a normal thing for me to sign a new contract. It is important we have this continuity and I hope we can enjoy more success in the future — for the fans, the players and the club.
Mourinho’s side won the league twice during his first spell in charge and lifted the FA Cup plus two League Cups before the Portuguese left the club and enjoyed more success at Inter Milan, who won the Champions League, and Real Madrid.
“We are very happy that Jose has committed four more years to the club,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.
“Since his arrival two years ago he has carefully developed the playing squad and brought trophies to Stamford Bridge.
“We look forward to the next four years and the continued success of the team.”
Jose Mourinho’s 70 per cent win rate is better than any other manager in Premier League history, while their 95-point haul in 2004/05 remains unmatched.
Last season Chelsea were the only club in all four divisions to be unbeaten at home, winning the title with three matches to spare