Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are ready to close to agreeing on a new contact that will keep the Premier League’s best manager at Stamford Bridge until 2019.
Mourinho’s current deal expires in two years but after winning the Barclays Premier League title at the weekend, the Special One will be rewarded with a two-year extension.
Mourinho is the highest paid manager in the Premier League, and can expect to be handed improved terms on the current £12.5 million he earns per year under the terms of his current deal.
Since his return to London from Real Madrid in 2013, Mourinho has always insisted he no longer felt the urge to hop from club to club to prove his ability and chase personal ambitions.
From the moment he came back, he claimed this was a different project, and gave the impression he was out to build a Chelsea dynasty to compete with what Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United.
Mourinho, who has won eight league titles in four different countries, says it is ‘impossible’ for him to match Sir Alex’s 13 Premier League wins but he is determined to achieve more at Stamford Bridge and continue to build a team which can better compete in Europe.
‘I’m here to stay,’ he said, earlier this year. ‘I belong to Chelsea and Chelsea belong to me. I gave a lot to Chelsea in the past but they also gave a lot to me. This is a different professional relationship. My next move will be if and when Chelsea decides it is time.’
Contracts don’t mean as much as they once did, because Mourinho knows that if he does not win a trophy next season he will be fired. That being said, it makes sense for Chelsea to lock up Mouinho for two more years as he is one of the best managers in the world.