José Mourinho has agreed to issue the following statement on www.chelseafc.com:
José said: 'I am very proud of my work in Chelsea Football Club and I think my decision in May 2004 to come to England was an excellent one.
'It was a beautiful and rich period of my career. I want to thank all Chelsea FC supporters for what I believe is a never ending love story.
'I wish great success to the club, a club that will be forever connected to me for some historic moments.
'I wish the players happiness in football and in their family life.
'Finally on my wife's and children' s behalf we thank the great professionalism of their school teachers and the beauty of so many friends.'