Chelsea to shock fans with appointment of former manager

Jose Mourinho is keen on a return to Chelsea for a third spell in charge of the side as current boss Maurizio Sarri prepares to depart from the Bridge.

The Portuguese coach has been out of a job since being sacked by Manchester United in December but has regularly spoken of his desire to be back in work this summer.

The 56-year-old specialist was linked with major roles at clubs including Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, but those positions never presented themselves to the Portuguese.

With a lack of top jobs available for him, a third stint at Chelsea may be one of the more appealing options, he would be interested in replacing Maurizio Sarri at the London club.

It would be a remarkable move for Jose Mourinho who has twice left the Blues by ‘mutual consent’ although on both occasions there appeared to be a breakdown in the relationship between manager and owner.

Although the statement the club produced when Jose Mourinho last left in 2015 did seem to leave the door open for a return, reading: ‘The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea.’

The bookies certainly believe that the former Real Madrid boss is in contention for a move back to London club, although he is far from the favourite to be next Chelsea boss with Frank Lampard leading odds-on to replace Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout.