Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese coach Mourinho, 50, travelled to London yesterday  to complete the formalities of a second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge after his exit from Real Madrid was confirmed, penning a four-year deal.

Mourinho was headhunted by the Blues after guiding Porto to Champions League glory in 2004, and would lead Chelsea to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, before leaving after his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich broke down.

Success has followed elsewhere ? a treble with Inter Milan and the Spanish title in his second season at Madrid ? but Mourinho has never attempted to play down his love affair with the Chelsea faithful.

?It is exactly the same message, but now I can say I am one of you and that makes a little bit of a difference,? he said on Chelsea TV on Monday.

?I never hide that in my career in football I had two great passions, Inter and Chelsea, and Chelsea is more than important for me.

?It was very hard to play against Chelsea, I did it twice which was not so bad.

?Now I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2004, but with the difference we have (now), which is I am one of you.?

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay insists moving to bring back the self-proclaimed ?Special One? was the only option as he looked to take the club on following the reign of interim manager Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard replaced Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012 and, after some initial difficulties, guided the Blues to a third-place finish as well as winning the Europa League.

Mourinho Fact File:

1963: Born January 26. Father Felix Mourinho was a former Portugal goalkeeper.

1992: After middle-ranking jobs at Estrela Amadora and Vitoria Setubal, works as Bobby Robson?s translator at Sporting Lisbon before becoming involved in team affairs.

1993: Moves to Porto with Robson.

1996: Joins Barcelona as assistant coach to Robson.

1997: Stays on under new coach Louis van Gaal.

2000: Lasts nine games as coach of Benfica before resigning due to problems in the boardroom.

2001: Appointed coach of Uniao de Leiria.

2002: Joins Porto.(To Be Cont.)

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