By Derrick Kiplagat
Chelsea have confirmed that Jose Mourinho has formally committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new long-term contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2019. A new deal has been expected for some time, but fans can now rest easy that everything is official.
Speaking to Chelseafc.com, Mourinho said, “If the club is happy, I am happy.”
He went on to say, “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. I said when I returned here two years ago that
I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my
heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.”
Marina Granovskaia from the board of Chelsea directors said, “We are very happy that Jose has committed four more years to the club. 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.”
Mourinho’s side swept all before them in the Premier League last season, virtually
wrapping up the fifth league title in their history by Christmas. The Blues also lifted the
Capital One Cup at Wembley in March and are the top contenders for the Premier League title this season.
Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge was equally successful. Arriving in west London shortly after guiding an unfancied Porto team to consecutive European trophies (2002/03 UEFA Cup and 2003/04 Champions League), he led Chelsea to a first title in 50 years in 2004/05 in record breaking fashion.
Another title followed the year after, while Mourinho was also responsible for helping the club win the very first FA Cup final that was held at the then new Wembley stadium in 2007.