Chelsea are poised to hold talks with Jose Mourinho’s representatives in regards to offering him a new contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese coach is in the second spell at the capital club, having initially joined in the summer of 2004 when he went on to win two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup before his shock departure in September 2007. After spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he returned to the Blues last summer and led them to a third place finish last term.
Mourinho said his side weren’t ready to mount a challenge for the title last season, but would be in a better position this time round. And this has turned out to be the case, after the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon confirmed Chelsea as champions for the first time since 2010, a success which has looked inevitable as the weeks have progressed.
Although he signed a deal to keep him at the club until 2017 upon his return in 2013, The Guardian claims talks have begun with his representatives which would further extend this stay. Mourinho stated when he came back that he would be willing to spend a number of years at Stamford Bridge, and it is believed his new contract would see him remain at least until 2019.
Speaking after the 1-0 win over the Eagles at the weekend, Mourinho, who has also led the club to League Cup glory this season, said: “I stay here until Mr [Roman] Abramovich wants me. The day he tells me to go, I go. He is the man who won every title at Chelsea – some players won some, some different managers won others, but Mr Abramovich won them all.”
Meanwhile, captain John Terry has revealed his hope that Didier Drogba will also be offered a new contract in the coming days. The Chelsea legend, whose penalty kick won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer on a free transfer, and although he only played a fringe role in their latest title win, he continues to have a influential presence.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season,” Terry said in the Daily Mirror. “He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field. Didier’s experience and the way he speaks before the games, after defeats when you’re down and you need an old head to help. At times we’ve been worried after defeats and he’s said that it happens and we’ll bounce back and be alright. Everyone takes it on board.”
If Jose Mourinho was to stay at Chelsea until the end of the 2018/19 season, then how much do you think the Portuguese could achieve in this time?