Jose Mourinho is feeling all warm and fuzzy upon his return to Chelsea, speaking about “love” and “marriage.”
The Special One was confirmed as Blues boss on Monday, signing a four-year deal with club where he won two Premier League titles, and saying he hopes to stay “for a long time.”
Since his first sacking by Chelsea, Mourinho has developed a reputation as a manager who simply cares about his record, staying at a club only to experience short-term success, before leaving for greener pastures with scorched earth behind him.
But the 50-year-old tactician says that after his tumultuous three-season affair with Real Madrid, he is now “ready to marry” again, and is looking forward to a long relationship with his first real love, Chelsea.
Asked if he has a long-term vision for his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said: "I hope so. When you look at the profile of the Chelsea squad I think it's what they need at this time. It's very important for this club and very important for the balance of the squad, but it's a young squad with a lot of talent and I think they need stability to reach a high point of their evolution and for their careers.
"They need stability, stability I hope I can give them and between me, the owner and of course the club, we have no doubts about what we want to do and the approach we want to have.
"I am the same, physically the same, but every day you have to think about yourself and about evolution. I have the same nature but I'm much more mature with a different approach to things, I'm more ready to be in a club and stay for a long time.”
Mourinho and Blues owner Roman Abramovich parted uncomfortably the first time around, but he insists that they have patched up their differences, painting a picture of two football minds in love once again.
"People know the person I am, I kept a fantastic relation with the owner and the club, and it's something that makes me proud to be back. Not just because of the professional I am, I believe so because of the person I am," he said.
"It was an easy decision. I met the boss, the owner and I think in five minutes after a couple of very short but pragmatic questions we decided straight away. I asked the boss 'do you want me back?' and the boss asked me 'do you want to come back?' I think in a couple of minutes the decision was made."
Mourinho has the best winning percentage of any manager in the history of the Premier League, and he also owns the record for the most points ever recorded in a single English league season.
His first stint at the Bridge may not have produced the most scintillating of football, but it certainly made Chelsea into the European force they are today.
And armed with a dashing young squad, money to spend and more championship winning experience from his time in Italy and Spain, who would bet against The Special One powering Chelsea straight back to the top of the Premier League?