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Chelsea appoint Villas-Boas manager

MINI-MO:Chelsea said they were ready to welcome back the Portuguese manager, who once worked at the club as an assistant and scout for former coach Jose Mourinho

AFP, LONDON

Chelsea have appointed FC Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager in a record-breaking deal, a club statement announced yesterday.

The 33-year-old, who emerged as the frontrunner for the job after resigning as Porto coach on Tuesday, has signed a three-year contract.

Villas-Boas not only becomes the youngest ever Premier League manager, but also the most expensive coaching appointment ever after Chelsea paid Porto £13.3 million (US$21.35 million) to trigger the release clause in Villas-Boas’ contract.

Chelsea described Villas-Boas, who led Porto to a domestic double and Europa League glory last season, as “the outstanding candidate for the job.”

“He is one of the most talented young managers in football today and has already achieved much in a relatively short space of time,” the club said.

They added: “His ambition, drive and determination matches that of Chelsea and we are confident Andre’s leadership of the team will result in greater successes in major domestic and European competitions.”

Villas-Boas, who replaces Carlo Ancelotti, is returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, having worked as an assistant and scout under Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea, trophyless last season, said: “Andre will bring his coaching experience back to a club he is already very familiar with, having previously worked here for three years. He has always been highly regarded at Chelsea and everyone here looks forward to welcoming him back and working with him.”

British media reports suggest Chelsea are paying Villas-Boas, who is their seventh manager in eight years, a salary of £4.5 million a year.

On Tuesday the way had been cleared for Villas-Boas to move to London after he sent the club a fax informing them of his decision to join Chelsea.

Porto have appointed his assistant, Vitor Pereira, as their new boss.

Turkey coach Guus Hiddink had also been linked with a return to Chelsea, where he won the FA Cup as a caretaker manager in 2009.

Porto were unbeaten in the league last season with 27 wins in 30 matches, becoming only the second Portuguese club to finish a league season unbeaten, after Benfica in 1972-1973.

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