Mourinho plans 12-year Chelsea stay despite poor contract

Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:03am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho plans to stick with the English Premier League club for 12 seasons despite accepting his 'worst contract' in six years.

The Portuguese rejoined the London outfit, with whom he won league titles in 2005 and 2006, in June after trophy-laden years spent in Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

He will take his title-chasing Chelsea side across London to face Arsenal, managed for the last 17 years by Arsene Wenger, on Monday (2000 GMT) where victory could send them level on points with leaders Liverpool.

"Realistically I hope at the end of those four years we sit, analyze the situation and that will be the point where we both - club and me - are happy to carry on or happy to separate," British media quoted Mourinho as saying of his contract on Monday.

"But I would like, say, 12 years. I'm 51 next month. I'd say 12 years, and then two to go to a World Cup with a national team. I would prefer the Portuguese national team. England second (choice)."

Mourinho has never completed four seasons with a club in his highly successful career that has brought seven league championships across Europe and two Champions League titles.

He left Porto after winning the Champions League in 2004 to join Chelsea where he left in September 2007, the start of his fourth season, following a breakdown of relations with the club and a falling out with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

He then joined Inter in 2008, lifting five trophies before departing to Spain in 2010 as he ended Barcelona's run of league championships before departing last May amid dressing room divisions.

He had been tipped to replace Alex Ferguson, who stepped down after 26 years at Manchester United in May, but Mourinho plumped for a return to Chelsea, where he remains revered for bringing them a first title in 50 years.   Continued...

 
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pats the ball to Branislav Ivanovic during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, London, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning