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Mourinho will 'bring the good times' back to Chelsea
Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is confident Jose Mourinho will return the "good times" to Stamford Bridge as speculation continues to mount of the Portuguese coach's return to West London.
After Mourinho oversaw his final game as Real Madrid boss against Osasuna, the expectation is that the 50-year-old tactician will be presented as the new Chelsea manager next week.
While that news will hardly come as a surprise after months of rumour, Carvalho's comments strengthen one of the biggest Premier League stories of this summer.
"I am certain that Jose can bring the good times back for [Chelsea]," he told The Sun.
"He did it when we first went there in 2004 and he will do it again this time. He is always successful. He is a special coach and always works hard.
"For the last two years Manchester United and City have been at the top of the league in England, but I'm sure Chelsea will improve when Jose goes back there.
"It's important for them to win the Premier League again and, with Jose in charge, they will do it. I'm sure in two, three years they can but even in his first year he can win it again.
"When we arrived together in 2004, Chelsea had not won the league for 50 years, so I hope now they can win it again.
"Chelsea are a special club for me and I wish for them to win the Premier League again."
Meanwhile, the official Premier League website briefly confirmed Mourinho's return to Chelsea despite the club not yet revealing the news themselves.
A story dated Monday June 3 was published on Saturday night but was quickly taken down.