Jose Mourinho has reportedly signed a contract with Manchester United to become the new manager of Manchester United. According to Skysports, the Portuguese left home at 2.50pm on Thursday and concluded talks at a central London hotel, agreeing to succeed Louis van Gaal as the new boss at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager met with United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to conclude their negotiations.
Mourinho has been out of a job since being sacked by Chelsea in December last year and takes over from Louis van Gaal, who was relieved of his post after winning the FA Cup.
The completion of the deal has landed on Mourinho’s 12th anniversary of winning the Champions League with Porto, who coincidentally beat Manchester United on their way to the title.
Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, replaces his former mentor Van Gaal, who was dismissed by United two days after they won the FA Cup against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
By Tuesday, talks between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes were well under way via phone and email and negotiations were expected to be a formality and completed within 48 hours.
But Mendes and Woodward were forced to meet at United’s offices in central London to rectify a number of image rights issues, including Chelsea’s ownership of Mourinho’s name.
Those issues were smoothly resolved over the course of Wednesday and Thursday and Mourinho emerged from his Chelsea home shortly before 3pm to secure the job he has wanted since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down in 2013.