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Mourinho hands Chelsea players extra week off

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has given his players an extra week off for preseason.

The Mirror says Mourinho has ­already won over his new Chelsea squad - by giving them more time off.

Before Mourinho's arrival Chelsea were due to fall in line with the rest of the Premier League and start pre-season training on Wednesday.

But one of the new ­manager's first acts was to push the ­players' start date back to Monday July 8.

Chelsea played a punishing 69-game campaign and flew straight to America to take part in two post-season ­matches against Manchester City.

A Chelsea source said: "Jose is the master man-manager. The players were delighted they had extra time off. In their eyes, he's made the ­perfect start without even stepping on to a football pitch."

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