Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho Is Looking for a New Long-Term Contract; Chelsea's Ambitious Manager Has Said He Wants to Stay at Stamford Bridge for Another Eight Years Matt Hughes Reports

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho Is Looking for a New Long-Term Contract; Chelsea's Ambitious Manager Has Said He Wants to Stay at Stamford Bridge for Another Eight Years Matt Hughes Reports

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Byline: MATT HUGHES

JOSE MOURINHO is seeking a new eight-year contract as a reward for taking Chelsea to the verge of their first Championship in 50 years.

Mourinho signed a four-year [pounds sterling]4milliona-year deal at Stamford Bridge last summer but such has been his success over the past eight months that he is already in line for a pay rise.

Chelsea go into Sunday's clash with Manchester City 11 points clear at the top of the Premiership and on course for an unprecedented quadruple, but rather than being remembered as a one-season wonder Mourinho wants to commit his long-term future to the club. The 42-year-old harbours ambitions of working in Italy and coaching the Portuguese national team but wants to dedicate the rest of his forties to Chelsea.

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper, A Bola, Mourinho said: "I signed an extraterrestrial contract and the intention is here to extend it.

It was much more than I was earning at FC Porto, it was much more than what someone could earn in Portugal, it was also a sum than only a handful of clubs can pay.

"I'm not saying it's not enough. I have a great four-year contract that I never thought I would ever have. The intention is here to sign a new one and ideally it would be from four to eight years. Improving the four-year one makes no sense, because I knew what I signed and I know that I'll abide it.

"I'm happy with my conditions and I'm completely committed to the growth of the club in many different levels. I like English football a lot, I like to live in England a lot, therefore I can't see myself anywhere else. I mentioned, it's true, that I'd like to coach in Italy and also the national squad, but I see this day as very far away. It's not winning the championship here and leaving. No way."

Mourinho also hit out at critics of Chelsea's style of play by praising them as the most spectacular side in the country. Arsene Wenger has damned them with faint praise by describing the Blues as efficient, but Mourinho insists the Frenchman is lying if he claims Arsenal are the better team.

Mourinho said: "At the moment Chelsea is a spectacle and if anybody else says that there's a more spectacular team than us in England it will be a lie. We're a team that score more goals, concede less, have the biggest goal-average and frequently score three or four goals.

"I felt this pressure but I was sufficiently strong not to stray away from the path I thought was the right one, despite the strong criticisms.

"During the first phase of building my team, because I started organising the defence, it led people to say Chelsea was boring when we won 1-0 or drew 0-0. …

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