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25.05.2007 Sports News

Mourinho set for Ghana trip

Mourinho set for Ghana trip

Chelsea have confirmed Jose Mourinho will travel to Ghana next week for a charity project with the club, strengthening the view he will remain at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho`s commitment to work in Africa has been seen as an indicator he will be in place as boss next season, particularly as there has been a recent trend of managerial movement straight after the completion of the season.

The Portuguese has a contract until 2010 and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, with chief executive Peter Kenyon stating earlier in the season that the `Special One` would not be sacked this summer despite reports of a tense relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.
Mourinho will be in Ghana from next Tuesday to visit projects run by "Right To Play". He will be joined by Ghana international Michael Essien along with coaches and other younger players.

"If you have a big status in the game you have a big responsibility to use that power properly," said Mourinho.

"And what better way to use it than for kids around the world to be healthier, fitter, (and to) fight disease, war, poverty."

Mourinho`s work with Chelsea later in the summer will involve a pre-season tour of America, starting in July where they are scheduled to face LA Galaxy, David Beckham`s new team.

Mourinho will also be looking to bring changes to his squad after finishing six points behind Manchester United in the Barclays Premiership.

Chelsea had problems at right-back last season and a lack of cover at centre-back led to Essien dropping back from midfield. Midfielder Steve Sidwell has already agreed a deal following his impressive season at Reading.

Kenyon said after the FA Cup final victory last weekend that he does not expect the club to make "big-name signings" in the summer.