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Mourinho agrees record deal to return to Chelsea to revive Essien's career

Jose Mourinho has agreed on a four-year contract worth more £50m to manage Chelsea and to give a lifeline to former star Michael Essien next season as the coach he returns to the club.

Michael Essien

Jose Mourinho has agreed on a four-year contract worth more £50m to manage Chelsea and to give a lifeline to former star Michael Essien next season as the coach he returns to the club.

The Portuguese, currently at Real Madrid, will be the highest-paid coach ever in the Premier League, making over £8.5m a year after tax, the Times newspaper reported.

His return to Chelsea, where he won two league titles, was sealed during talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich last week, the Times said, without identifying its sources.

He’ll sign the contract soon after his last match as Real manager on June 1, the Times said.

Mourinho is expected to take the reigns at Stamford Bridge from next week, and he could help Essien kick start his second spell at the Blues.

Essien joined Mourinho’s Real Madrid last August after struggling with injuries in West London, and despite a mystery illness in November he has become a key member of the Spanish outfit’s squad.

But the Ghana international is already looking to his return to Stamford Bridge, with his chances of playing regularly boosted by talk of Mourinho’s homecoming.

I will return to Chelsea with my head up and try to win my place back,” Essien said.

“I think my loan at Madrid has shown I have still got it at the top level.”

Mourinho signed Essien for £24.4m in 2005 for Chelsea, and was determined to bring him to the Bernabeu last summer as he believes the 30-year-old can still cut it at the highest level.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. benny says:

    GSN please stop this cheap childish joke.Why creat this misleading caption.
    Are you trying to tell up per your headline that Mourinho is coming to Chelsea because of Essien?I don’t think so.I am surprise ESSIEN was allowed to finish real madrid game agains atletico.He was awful in the first half.
    Chelsea are rebuilding.Essien is no more the midfield beast he use to be.
    If Essien has any sense at all he should get himself seriously in the black stars.l don’t think he can make any serious impact at chelsea.The only place Essien can revive his career is in the BLACK STARS.
    I am a big fan of Essien but the way he is being adamant about playing for the black stars is disappointing.

    • john doe says:

      preach!! there is no way essien is getting playing time ahead of Ramires, who is really playing well and finding himself wonderfully, or Lampard the legend and even Mikel who i find is at a lower level overall compared to essien. I too think he should return to the blackstars in order to revive his career and he should really do it soon because he doesn’t have much time left.

  2. HEEBA says:

    @ benny u ‘re soo soo right. Essien is no longer the midfielder we use to know, as u rightly said it’s about time he re-think his decision not to play for the national team anymore

  3. o says:

    Hahaha ,what a stupid headline.

  4. tbdarko says:

    First of all WHAT KIND OF STUPID HEADLINE IS THIS???? 2nd, Essein is not the same person that we use to know BUT he’s still good. Everyone has their days….don’t judge him based on his performance today. He has done really well for RM this season.