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Mourinho desperate for Chelsea return: Even without Champions League qualification

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is prepared to return to Chelsea, even if they finish outside the top four this season.

The Daily Express says the Portuguese is so keen to return to where he is "loved" that Chelsea's future is no longer a concern.

A source close to Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who has a verbal agreement with Mourinho that the job is his if other key factors can be agreed, revealed: "Jose would still come even if Chelsea do not finish in the top four."

Mourinho will accept not playing Champions League football next season as he has been told by Abramovich that £100m for a total rebuild of the side will be made available. But there has been no agreement yet on control over signings, or recruitment of staff.

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