Mourinho's wages to put even Sven in the shade

Last updated at 12:42 06 April 2005

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been offered a three-year contract extension which will up his pay by £1million a year, according to his agent.

The Portuguese boss believes he has not been backed 100% by the club hierarchy following his UEFA touchline ban according to assistant Baltemar Brito.

However, Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes insists a £5.2million-a-year, three-year extension to his current deal is now on the table after club owner Roman Abramovich flew to London to work on the contract.

Mendes told a newspaper: "The negotiations are going well and nearing an end. It will be concluded very soon, maybe even on Thursday."

Mourinho will not be at Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge tonight as he serves the first match of a two-game touchline ban imposed following his controversial comments after the away tie against Barcelona in the last round.

Brito yesterday made clear the Portuguese boss, who has already taken the Blues to Carling Cup success and is closing in on the Barclays Premiership title, felt isolated and annoyed at the club's failure to appeal the ban.

"When Jose comes to a club or starts a new job, he gives 100% and expects 100 per cent back," said Brito.

"It is something you would have to ask Jose directly but I acknowledge that Jose felt he did not get 100% back."

If agreed, this deal would make him far and away the best paid manager in England, putting national team boss Sven-Goran Eriksson's £4million-a-year contract with the Football Association in the shade.

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