Premier League champions Chelsea have sent replicas of the Premier League and Capital One Cup titles to former manager Jose Mourinho, as well as a letter thanking him for the work he did at the club last season.
The Portuguese was fired by Chelsea last December – for the second time – with the champions languishing in 16th on the table and just a point off the relegation places.
The sack came just seven months after he had lifted his third Premier League trophy with the club and four months after he signed a new four-year contract worth £30m.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck sent the letter to Mourinho this week, thanking him for the job he did during his second spell at the club, while stating clearly he would always be welcome at Stamford Bridge.
The replica trophies – which were also sent to first-team squad members and backroom staff employed during the successful 2014-15 campaign – were delivered to the former Real Madrid manager’s west London home, where he still lives with his family.
“Mourinho, who is expected to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer, was told of his sacking at the club’s Cobham training ground after the squad’s Christmas lunch.
He returned to collect some of his belongings on December 18 and say goodbye to staff, although he was snubbed by a handful of stars during a farewell speech.
“The 53-year-old is in Italy to watch his former club Inter Milan take on Sampdoria this weekend and he insists that there has been no shortage of interest in his services.
Mourinho told La Stampa: “My next club? I really don’t know, but one thing is certain: I love football and I’ll return to the touchline with the same passion and ambition as always,’ he said to La Stampa.
“Right now I have respect for every coach and every club. I’m not looking for a club, it’s the clubs who are looking for me.’