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Coach Mourinho commits to new Real Madrid contract

May 22, 2012 -- Updated 1354 GMT (2154 HKT)
Jose Mourinho signs autographs during Real Madrid's postseason trip to Kuwait on May 15.
Jose Mourinho signs autographs during Real Madrid's postseason trip to Kuwait on May 15.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jose Mourinho extends his contract at Real Madrid until end of 2015-16 season
  • Portuguese coach led Spanish club to La Liga title for the 32nd time
  • He had been linked with a possible return to England's Premier League
  • Real ended Barcelona's three-year Spanish reign in record-setting season

(CNN) -- Not long ago it seemed like Jose Mourinho might be parting company with Real Madrid, but now the "Special One" has committed to the newly-crowned Spanish champions until mid-2016.

The club announced on Tuesday that the Portuguese coach had agreed terms on a new deal, having moved to the Santiago Bernabeu on a four-year contract in May 2010.

"The manager has won La Liga and the Copa del Rey, establishing impressive records at the club and in every championship, therefore prompting his contract to be extended," Real's website reported.

In January, the 49-year-old was reportedly considering quitting at the end of this season due to an alleged dressing-room rift with the team's Spanish contingent and unhappiness at board level after bad-tempered defeats against bitter rivals Barcelona.

He had been linked with a possible return to England, and such speculation continued after his former club Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time on Saturday under interim manager Roberto di Matteo.

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Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas lifts the Spanish Primera Division trophy after Jose Mourinho's team defeated Mallorca 4-1 on Sunday. The 32-time Spanish champions finished the season with 100 points, a record amount. Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas lifts the Spanish Primera Division trophy after Jose Mourinho's team defeated Mallorca 4-1 on Sunday. The 32-time Spanish champions finished the season with 100 points, a record amount.
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Real Madrid players lift Jose Mourinho after winning the Spanish title for the 32nd time. The Portuguese coach has also won league titles in Portugal, England and Italy. Real Madrid players lift Jose Mourinho after winning the Spanish title for the 32nd time. The Portuguese coach has also won league titles in Portugal, England and Italy.
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However, his reported unhappiness at Real appears to be water under the bridge after Los Blancos ended Barca's three-year La Liga title reign in fine style, setting records for points and goals scored.

Mourinho became the first coach to win league titles in England, Italy and Spain, being the first Portuguese manager to triumph in the latter nation.

He matched Ernst Happel and Giovanni Trapattoni in winning in four different European countries, including his own -- only Bela Guttman and Tomislav Ivic have clinched league titles in more nations.

Mourinho is still seeking to become the first coach to win the European Champions League with three different clubs, having already done so with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

He took Real Madrid to the semifinals last season for the first time since 2003, and also won the Spanish Cup.

This season brought more European disappointment, losing to Bayern Munich in the semis after a penalty shootout, but there was consolation on the domestic front as Real finished nine points clear of Barca.

Mourinho's star player Cristiano Ronaldo told CNN last week that he thinks his compatriot is the best coach in the world.

"This is why he wins the titles that he won. Because for me, not just because I work with him, but he's the best because of what he does: the tactics, everything around the players, the motivation ... and you know, the titles speak for themselves," Ronaldo said.

"He won in every country that he's passed, so I think that's great. I think nobody ... two or three coaches do that in their lives, so we have to appreciate that."

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