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Jose Mourinho: 'I think by the end of the week I will be the Chelsea manager'

By Simon Rice

If there was any doubt that Jose Mourinho would return to the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea, it has surely been extinguished following his candid interview after Real Madrid's season came to an end.

After overseeing a 4-2 La Liga victory at the Bernabeu over Osasuna, the 'Special One' gave his final interview in Spain. Speaking on the Punto Pelota show, Mourinho ended any doubt over his plans and revealed he expects to be named manager of Chelsea in a matter of days.

"I'm going to London on Monday and I think that between Monday and the end of the week I will be the Chelsea manager," the 50-year-old Portuguese said.

Mourinho's time at Real Madrid ended in all out war with both the fans and his dressing room divided over the controversial manager. Speaking after the Osasuna match, the departing Real coach suggested Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Iker Casillas had all ruled themselves out of the last game of the season.

It was announced last month that Mourinho would depart the Bernabeu at the end of the campaign after three years in charge which yeilded one league title and the Spanish Cup, and he once again stated his desire to move to a club at which he feels appreciated.

"I feel the people there (Chelsea) 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," he added.

During Mourinho's previous spell in charged of Chelsea, he won back-to-back Premier League titles from 2005 before leaving by "mutual consent" in 2007.

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