Jose Mourinho has agreed a
two-year contract extension with Real Madrid which ties him to
the club until 2016, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday.
Mourinho, the self-styled Special One, joined Real from
Inter Milan in 2010 on a four-year deal and led them to victory
in the King's Cup final in his first season, the club's first
cup triumph in 18 years.
They won their first La Liga title for four years this
month, smashing league records along the way and ending
Barcelona's domestic dominance.
Real set a new points record of 100 from 38 games, beating
the previous best of 99 achieved by Pep Guardiola's side in
2009, and broke the league's goal-scoring record of 107 set by
the Whites in 1989-90 by finding the net 121 times.
On a personal level, the league title was Mourinho's seventh
after winning two in Portugal with Porto, two in England with
Chelsea and two in Italy with Inter.
Mourinho's next big challenge is to win a 10th European Cup
for Rea, and his third with a different club after Champions
League successes with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010.
Real have fallen in the semi-finals to Barcelona and Bayern
Munich in his two years in charge. The last time they reached
the final four before then was 2003.
The 49-year-old has fought for and won unprecedented freedom
and power as their coach with the full backing of club president
Florentino Perez. His new commitment to Real ended any
speculation that he might be lured away elsewhere.
The show of unity and strength at the world's richest club
by revenue comes at a moment when their great rivals Barcelona
appear to be entering a period of transition.
Mourinho's opposite number Guardiola has decided to step
down at the end of the season after winning 13 trophies in four
years at the Nou Camp.
He could add a 14th if Barcelona win this year's King's Cup
final against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Guardiola said he needed time out to recharge his batteries
and is to be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova next
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