Jose Mourinho has said on Spanish television that he expects to be reappointed as Chelsea manager by the end of the week.
The 50-year-old has left Real Madrid after three years in charge.
He told football programme Punto Pelota: "I will go to London and between Monday and the end of the week I will be the new coach of Chelsea."
Mourinho previously managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, leading the club to two Premier League titles.
Mourinho at Chelsea 2004-07
- Arrived in west London after winning the 2004 Champions League with Porto
- Famously called himself 'The Special One' at his unveiling
- Guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2004-05, their first championship in 50 years
- Won the title again the following year
- Added two League Cup trophies to the cabinet
- Won the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley in 2007
- Departed in 2007 after a 1-1 draw with Rosenborg
- Never lost a home league game
He also clinched the FA Cup and two League Cups before leaving in September 2007.
Mourinho added: "I hope to be Chelsea's new coach.
"I would like to be it because I was happy in London and I feel that the people there love me.
"Life is beautiful and short, and in life you have to seek out what you think is best for you."
Real Madrid announced in May that the Portuguese
would be leaving the club.
Defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final ensured Mourinho ended the season without a trophy.
Madrid also finished runners-up to Barcelona in the league and suffered a third successive semi-final exit in the Champions League.
Mourinho hinted after Real's last-four defeat to Borussia Dortmund that
he was looking to return to England and Chelsea.
On Sunday, the
Premier League apologised to Chelsea
after publishing a story on its website saying Mourinho had returned as manager of the Blues.