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The Chilean will take up the role later this month

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The French team are ready to make the Portugal international the best paid player in the world

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Mourinho returns to Chelsea on four-year deal declaring he's 'more mature' and ready to stay for a 'long time'

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

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Ankle problem could leave Liverpool short of strikers with Luis Suarez future still in doubt

Jose Mourinho has omitted Iker Casillas from his final Real Madrid team, while Cristiano Ronaldo is also missing

Final parting shot at Iker Casillas from jilted Jose Mourinho before Real Madrid exit

Coach picks third-choice Antonio Adan and fourth-choice Jesus Fernandez in squad instead of Spain captain

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Victor Valdes offers 'explanation' for Barcelona exit plans

Goalkeeper will not renew his contract which expires next summer

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Barcelona choose not to extend contract of Eric Abidal

French defender disappointed to be leaving the club

Gareth Bale 'born' to play for Real Madrid says club's president Florentino Perez

The Tottenham forward has been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu

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