x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Villas-Boas confirmed as new Chelsea manager

Andrea Villas-Boas signs a three-year contract at the London club after resigning from his post with Porto yesterday

Andrea Villas-Boas is confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.
Andrea Villas-Boas is confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.

Chelsea this morning confirmed the appointment of the former Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager.

The 33-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the London club after resigning from his post with Porto yesterday.

His contract with the Portuguese champions was terminated after they received a payment of €15 million (Dh78.8m)) to trigger his release clause.

A statement on the Chelsea website read: "Andre was 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.

"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.

"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."

Villas-Boas succeeds Carlo Ancelotti as manager at Stamford Bridge following the Italian coach's sacking on the final day of last season, despite winning the Premier League-FA Cup double the previous year.

He is the club's seventh manager in eight years, although he was previously working at the club under Jose Mourinho as a scout.