Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho close to signing new four-year deal with Premier League champions

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After leading Chelsea to their first Premier League title in five seasons, Jose Mourinho is set to be rewarded with a new four-year deal that would cement his status as the highest-paid manager in England’s top flight.

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The Sunday Times report that Blues owner Roman Abramovich was more than satisfied with the performances of his club in the 2014-15 campaign and is poised to reward – not only Mourinho with an improved contract – but his Portuguese assistants Rui Faria and Silvino Louro, too.

The former Real Madrid manager, according to the claims in the Times, began discussions over a contract extension that would expire in 2019 at the end of last year, and the 52-year-old verbally agreed to the deal during the second-half of the Blues’ title-winning campaign. His legal team expect the official terms for the new agreement to be formalised shortly and Mourinho to soon put pen to paper on committing his long-term future to Stamford Bridge.

If Mourinho is to remain in west London for the next four seasons, this would be his longest spell spent in the dug-out for one club. Mourinho is far from renown for committing his long-term future as a manager; with his two longest periods in charge coming from his first time with the Blues between 2004-2007, and his three seasons with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Such an extension, therefore, highlights his desire to lead Chelsea to continued English and European success.

Ex-Blues striker and manager Gianluca Vialli suggested that the former Porto boss wants to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge and, like former Premier League rival and 27-year Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, is embarking on a long-term project in west London [via the Daily Mail].

Mourinho is currently England’s best-paid football manager, earning £8.37m per-year – with Louis van Gaal in second, who takes home an annual salary of £7m at Manchester United, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pockets £6.89m per-annum [via talkSPORT]. A new deal would certainly affirm the Chelsea manager’s status as the Premier League’s best-paid manager.

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