Manchester United have officially confirmed that Jose Mourinho will take over as their new head coach from the 2016/2017 season.

The announcement comes after days and days of negotiations between United Executive Chairman Ed Woodward and his agent Jorge Mendes.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Mourinho said it is a special honour to be associated with one of the biggest football clubs in the world:

“To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

He added that he’s always had a good relationship with the United fans as he looks forward to managing the club in the coming years:

“I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.

The 53-year old Portuguese’s contract will run for 3 years with an option to stay at the club till 2020.