April 18 2014 Latest news:
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Former Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Jose Mourinho will re-energise Chelsea when his expected return to Stamford Bridge is confirmed.
Van Nistelrooy left the Bernabeu the same summer the Portuguese arrived but he had previous experience of him in the Premier League with Manchester United and continued to face his sides after moving to Malaga.
Mourinho is widely expected to soon be appointed Chelsea boss again six years after leaving and Van Nistelrooy fully anticipates he will shake things up.
“Wherever Mourinho is something always happens so he will definitely bring some new energy to Chelsea,” said the ex-Holland international.
“Winning the Europa League was fantastic success for them and it is a club with a good squad but he will do his thing - as he always does.”
Asked whether it was a good idea to return to a former club for a second spell, Van Nistelrooy, speaking after a Manchester United v Real Madrid legends match at Old Trafford in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, added: “Why not?”.
Mourinho’s appointment may be imminent but the Premier League was forced to issue an apology to Chelsea after their own website jumped the gun on the announcement.
An article, headlined ‘Jose Mourinho makes Chelsea return’, was published with tomorrow’s date on it but has since been removed from the premierleague.com website.
A spokesman for the Premier League confirmed the article had been published in error.
Mourinho, who managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 and led them to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, last night took charge of his final match as Real Madrid boss.
A Premier League spokesman said: “It was a publishing error. We took it down as soon as we were notified of it, and we’ve spoken to and apologised to Chelsea.
“We have no prior knowledge of any movement or any announcement [regarding Mourinho].”
The article’s sub-header read ‘Portuguese coach back at Stamford Bridge after signing a XX-year contract’, and the Premier League indicated it was an article which was being prepared in anticipation of a possible announcement.
The Premier League is trying to ascertain whether the publication of the article was the result of a system failure or human error.
Mourinho’s era at Real ended on Saturday night with a 4-2 win over Osasuna in the Primera Division, with the Portuguese having already confirmed he would leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.
In a statement to the club’s fans published on the Real website on Friday, he said: “I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future.
“I appreciate the support of lots of fans and respect the criticism of others.
“Once again, a lot of happiness to everyone and, above all, good health. Hala Madrid!”