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Players Jose Mourinho has re-signed at different clubs amid Nemanja Matic links

Jose Mourinho has had a habit of re-signing some of his trusted lieutenants throughout his trophy-laden managerial career and it looks like this summer will be no different.

The Portuguese, who won the UEFA Conference League in his first season as Roma boss, has been linked with a reunion with Nemanja Matic.

The Serbian is available on a free transfer following the expiry of his Manchester United contract and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Giallorossi have already reached a ‘full agreement’ with the midfield enforcer.

It would be the third time that Mourinho has signed Matic following their spells together at Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea paid Benfica £21m to re-sign the dominant midfielder in January 2014, and the Red Devils splashed out £40m to bring Matic to Old Trafford in July 2017.

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With Matic likely to form a key part of how Mourinho’s Roma side could line-up next season, TBR takes a look at the players Jose Mourinho has re-signed for different clubs throughout his career.

Players Jose Mourinho has re-signed

Paulo Ferreira

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Mourinho signed the Portuguese right-back from Vitoria Setubal in the summer of 2002 when he was in charge of Porto.

The pair would go on to win six trophies together with the Dragons – 2004 Champions League, 2003 UEFA Cup, back-to-back league titles and two domestic cups.

In the summer of 2004 when Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea paid Porto £13.2m to bring Ferreira to west London.

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The duo won back-to-back Premier League titles upon arriving in England, as well as the FA Cup, Community Shield and League Cup.

Following Mourinho’s first departure at Chelsea in September 2007, Ferreira would go onto win the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, three FA Cups and a League Cup with the Blues before retiring in 2013.

Ferreira, who made 217 appearances for the club, worked for Chelsea as an ambassador and assistant loan player technical coach.

Ricardo Carvalho

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Like Ferreira, Carvalho followed Mourinho to Stamford Bridge from Porto in the summer of 2004 after being signed for £19.85m.

Carvalho developed a formidable partnership with club captain John Terry and he stayed at Stamford Bridge for six years.

But when Mourinho came calling when he was in charge of Real Madrid, the opportunity to reunite with his former manager at Los Blancos proved too irresistible for Carvalho to turn down.

Carvalho has played 292 times under Mourinho – no player has featured more during the charismatic manager’s career.

During their time together in the Spanish capital – the pair won La Liga and the Spanish Cup.


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Like Carvalho, Maniche is the only other player who has played under Mourinho at three different clubs – although Matic looks set to join that illustrious group.

Maniche featured eight times for Mourinho during the Roma manager’s ten-game spell in charge of Benfica in 2000.

The attacking midfielder followed his compatriot to Porto in the summer of 2002 and was a key part of the Estadio do Dragao side that swept all before them under Mourinho.

In February 2006 when Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea, Maniche joined the Stamford Bridge side on loan from Dinamo Moscow and made 11 appearances for the club and received a Premier League winners medal.

Michael Essien

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After a long summer saga with Lyon, Mourinho was finally able to unveil the Ghanaian as a new Chelsea signing in August 2005.

Essien was very much worth the wait for Chelsea fans and the all-action midfielder became a vital part of Mourinho’s Blues side.

Essien made 103 appearances under Mourinho before the Portuguese departed in September 2007. But the pair were reunited at the Santiago Bernabeu when Mourinho signed his former midfield marvel on a season-long loan.

The former Lyon man made 35 appearances during his season in Madrid and he made nine appearances under Mourinho during the 59-year-old ‘s second stint in charge of Chelsea.

Samuel Eto’o

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The Cameroon legend arrived at Inter Milan as part of the deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to Barcelona in July 2009.

Fresh after winning the Champions League under Pep Guardiola, Eto’o would win the European trophy in back-to-back seasons as the Nerazzurri won the Treble under Mourinho.

After two years at Anzhi Makhachkala, Mourinho re-signed the prolific marksman for Chelsea in August 2013 and he scored 12 goals in his only season with the Blues before moving to Everton.

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