“I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate,” said Chelsea FC Chief Executive Ron Gourlay on the club’s website

“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.”

The Special One left Real Madrid at the end of this season, and returns to the west London club where he spent three successful years between 2004 and 2007, during which period he won the FA cup, two League Cups and the Premier League twice.

He replaced Interim Manager Rafa Benitez.

Since leaving Chelsea in 2007 after his relationship with Roman Abramovich deteriorated, he spent a spell at Inter Milan, where he won the Champions League, before moving on to Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he won the  La Liga title in his second season at the club.

His relationships with both the club, the fans and the media has soured significantly though, with Mourinho saying before the end of the season that he would consider a new club, most of all one that “loved him”.

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