Mourinho signs up for 2nd stint as Chelsea manager

London, Jun 3 (EFE).- Chelsea FC announced Monday that Jose Mourinho is returning to manage the side he left in 2007 after leading the Blues to two successive Premier League titles.

The 50-year-old Portuguese coach signed a four-year contract, the London club said.

Confirmation of Mourinho's long-heralded return to Stamford Bridge came a day after his final match as coach of Real Madrid.

Mourinho succeeds Rafa Benitez, the interim manager appointed last fall after mercurial owner Roman Abramovich fired Roberto Di Matteo, who presided over Chelsea's stunning upset victory in the 2012 Champions League final.

"I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate," the club's chief executive, Ron Gourlay, said in a statement.

"He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again," the Chelsea director said of Mourinho.

Though his first hitch with the Blues ended in acrimony, Chelsea fans continue to venerate Mourinho, whose 2004-2005 inaugural season ended with the club's first top-division championship in 50 years.

The team won the Premier League again in 2005-2006 and also snagged an FA Cup during Mourinho's 2004-2007 stewardship.