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Jose Mourinho Reportedly Sets Date for Return to Chelsea

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Real Madrid  head coach Jose Mourinho looks on during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at estadio Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2013

Jose Mourinho has reportedly agreed to return to Chelsea this summer.

Rob Beasley of The Sun broke the news Thursday evening:

Jose Mourinho has agreed a sensational return to Chelsea.

But the Special One’s emotional comeback is unlikely to be officially announced until July 1.

Until then both Chelsea and the outgoing Real Madrid chief will shy away from publicly confirming any deal is done.

Mourinho is still under contract at Real. But, barring any last-minute hitch, he will be back at Stamford Bridge on a £10million-a-year package.

The move has long been speculated, with the rumors hitting a fever pitch following Real Madrid's exit from the Champions League. After Madrid was eliminated 4-3 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho stated that he wanted to move to a club where he would be "loved” (h/t Sid Lowe of The Guardian).

Despite the amount of speculation that has happened in the past few days, this is the first time that a date as to when Mourinho would take over has been reported.

Mourinho was sacked by the Blues in the early stages of the 2007-08 season. Prior to the sacking, he'd lead the club to two Premier League titles and an F.A. Cup triumph. The Champions League had eluded the Special One, though, so he has some unfinished business at Stamford Bridge.

Not to mention he’s still beloved by the Chelsea supporters. With the perceived failures of Rafael Benitez’s ill-fated interim spell as manager, the outpouring of sentiment demanding Mourinho’s return has only grown.

Subsequent managers of the club have all been held to the standard Mourinho set in his time with the club.

Regardless of what you think of Mourinho’s personality, there’s no denying that he’s one of the best managers in the world. He’s won the Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish domestic leagues, to go along with his Champions League triumphs with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

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