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Mourinho set to become first Chelsea head coach to sign a contract extension in a long, long time

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Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 by signing a four-year deal with a yearly wage believed to be around £8.5 million. And in the two years since, the Special One managed to win a Premier League title and the League Cup, putting the Blues once again as a domestic force to be reckoned with.

Now, according to reports from the London Evening Standard, José Mourinho and Chelsea are set to extend their partnership for four more years.

José Mourinho has committed his long-term future to Chelsea by agreeing terms with [the club] on a new four-year contract. The deal, which will see Mourinho remain on his £8.5 million-a-year salary, is expected to be officially announced before the start of next season.

This has been rumored for a while now, and the Standard are piggybacking on Rob Beasley's Twitter musings from last night.  Beasley tends to get his Mourinho stuff right, and he was one of the first to report on the extension, though we're still waiting for the official news.  His Tweets also reiterate the rumors about the two assistants getting extensions as well (still no word of Steve Holland).

That last bit is a slight twist on the previously rumored deal, which gave a small raise to The Special One.  Then again, his salary was good enough to rank him the highest paid coach back in May already.

In any case, if confirmed — which should happen pretty soon now that the players and staff are starting to come back from their vacations — this is great news for the club. After all, when was the last time any of our head coaches signed a contract extension (not counting Di Matteo's promotion).