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Mourhino verges on new contract

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Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are ready to conclude talks over new contract with a view to keeping him in charge at Stamford Bridge until 2019.

Mourinhoa��s current deal, thought to be worth A?12,5million a year, expires in two years but there is a will from both sides to swiftly agree on a two-year extension with improved terms.

The manager will be back in his office at the training ground on Wednesday after two days off following the cluba��s first Barclays Premier League title triumph in five years.

Chelsea hope contract negotiations can be finalised quickly before they focus on the summer transfer market.
Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez has emerged as a possible target as Mourinho attempts to strengthen his squad and build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.

Ever since returning to London from Real Madrid two years ago, he has insisted that he no longer felt the urge to club-hop in pursuit of personal ambition.

Instead, he came in legacy mode, keen to create something to compare with what Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United.

Mourinho said it would be a�?impossiblea�� for him to match Sir Alexa��s 13 Premier League titles, but he is determined to achieve more at Stamford Bridge.

a�?My next move will be if and when Chelsea decides it is time,a�? said the 52-year-old, earlier this year, and Roman Abramovich, a visible presence during the run-in, appears delighted.

Transfer business seems set to revolve around signing one or two strikers, a defender and a reserve goalkeeper with Petr Cech expected to leave after 11 years.

Chelsea have declared interest in Barcelonaa��s Pedro having been made aware of his availability, earlier this year, and they also admire Atletico Madrida��s Antoine Griezmann.

Mourinho is keen on Getafea��s 28-year-old goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, although an English keeper would help them maximise the quota regulations. Raphael Varane remains a top defensive target it he can be prised out of Real Madrid, but the Chelsea manager, aware that Branislav Ivanovic can operate in central defence, may opt for another full back.

Real left back Fabio Coentrao is back on the radar, with Filipe Luis set to leave Stamford Bridge, probably for a return to Atletico. Chelseaa��s players do not report back until Thursday to start preparations for the game at home to Liverpool on Sunday. a�� AFP