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Mourinho agrees new four-year deal with champions

By Robert Jones

Jose Mourinho has signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea.

The announcement of the deal, which will keep The Special One tied to Stamford Bridge until 2019, was timed to be a boost to the Blues on the eve of the new Premier League season, which they begin in today's late kick-off at home to Swansea City.

The 52-year-old Portuguese spent just over three years at Stamford Bridge during his first spell - the longest he has stayed at any one club - and if he lasts until the end of this latest contract, he'll have done a further six.

He said: "If the club is happy, I am happy. It is important we have this continuity and I hope we can enjoy more success in the future.

"I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart."

The director, Marina Granovskaia, added: "We are very happy that Jose has committed four more years to the club. Since his arrival two years ago, he has carefully developed the playing squad and brought trophies to Stamford Bridge."

Mourinho won two league titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his first spell at Chelsea between 2004-2007 before he moved to Internazionale and Real Madrid, where he enjoyed further success. He began his career with spells at Benfica, União de Leiria and Porto.

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