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Karanka hints Mourinho deal is done

Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka claims Jose Mourinho has already accepted an offer to manage Chelsea and wants him at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday’s clash with Osasuna will be Mourinho’s last game in charge at the Bernabeu after it was announced that he will be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.

It is widely expected that the Portuguese will head back to Stamford Bridge for next term to take charge of Chelsea once again, where he won two Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

Karanka, a former Real and Spain international defender, was appointed as Mourinho’s right-hand man in Madrid in 2010 and admitted that he could well be working with the ‘Special One’ once again in London soon.

However, he also affirmed his own management ambitions, suggesting that he is also considering an offer to lead a team in Ligue 1.

In the strongest hint yet that Mourinho’s future is at Stamford Bridge, Karanka said: “Mourinho offered me to go with him but Real Madrid haven’t told me I’m to be released.

“I’ve still got three years left on my contract and I’d have to pay them to leave,” he added in The Sun.

“If I leave, then I’ll join Mourinho at Chelsea, or else I’ll go and become head coach at a French top division club.”

Fri 31 May, 2013
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