London: English football club Chelsea on Monday announced the appointment of former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho as the club's manager.

The 50-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will make a return to the club where he won back-to-back Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

"I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate," Ron Gourlay, Chelsea FC Chief Executive, said on the club's official website.

"It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that. He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again," he added.

After leaving Chelsea in 2007, Mourinho has worked in Italy with Inter Milan and Spain with Real Madrid, lifting three league championships, two domestic cups and the Champions League.

He brings three coaching staffs with him in Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais. Each carries the title of Assistant first team coach and will work alongside current first team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.

Mourinho on Sunday told a Spanish football programme, Punto Pelota, "I will go to London and between Monday and the end of the week I will be the new coach of Chelsea." 

"I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that."

"Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you," added Mourinho, who had earlier coached Chelsea in 2004 and won back-to-back Premier League titles before leaving in September 2007.

Mourinho's last game as in charge at Real Madrid was a 4-2 home La Liga win over Osasuna.


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