Jose Mourinho waves to Fenerbahce fans who greet him after he touches down in Istanbul... before he leaves on a helicopter with the club's president as he gets set to become their new manager

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  • Mourinho has landed in Istanbul ahead of becoming Fenerbahce's manager 
  • He was greeted by fans at the airport, where he met the club's president 
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Jose Mourinho has landed in Istanbul ahead of completing a deal to become the new manager of Fenerbahce.

The Portuguese boss, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Roma in January, had confirmed that he would be flying to Turkey today to complete a deal with the Super Lig side. 

Mourinho joked several times during his work as a pundit on TNT Sports for the Champions League final about the upcoming move, including telling Jude Bellingham to take it easy if Real Madrid play Fenerbahce next season.

Fenerbahce have been posting updates throughout the day, including posting a picture of his arrival in Istanbul, and the deal is expected to officially be announced tonight. 

The 61-year-old has now landed in Turkey and he was in a cheery mood as he waved to fans who waited to see him arrive in Istanbul.

Jose Mourinho has arrived at Istanbul Airport ahead of his move to become new manager of Fenerbahce

Mourinho landed in Turkey after revealing yesterday that he would travel to get a deal signed

Mourinho landed in Turkey after revealing yesterday that he would travel to get a deal signed

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc, Mourinho and his entourage left the airport by helicopter

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc, Mourinho and his entourage left the airport by helicopter

Fenerbahce fans were waiting at the airport to welcome Mourinho's arrival on Sunday

Fenerbahce fans were waiting at the airport to welcome Mourinho's arrival on Sunday

Mourinho was accompanied by an entourage who made the flight with him, and together they met Fenerbahce president Ali Koc at the airport.

He has made no secret of the move, telling Rio Ferdinand that the most famous person in his phonebook is the Fenerbahce president. 

The manager, his entourage and Koc were then seen getting into a helicopter, to fly to Kadikoy where the club is based, so he can complete the move.

Fenerbahce's Twitter account appeared to post a photo of Mourinho overlooking their stadium as they arrived in the area on Sunday. 

Reports have suggested that he will sign a two-year deal with the Turkish giants.

If the move does go through today, then it will take place 20 years to the day that Mourinho became Chelsea manager for the first time - and gave the legendary speech that he was the special one.

Mourinho was sacked by Roma in January after a poor run of form in the months preceding.

However, he delivered the club the Europa Conference League trophy during his two-and-half-year stint with the club. 

Other than his time at Tottenham, Mourinho tends to bring trophies to whatever club he manages. 

Mourinho's arrival at Istanbul Airport brought a lot of attention from fans and the media

Mourinho's arrival at Istanbul Airport brought a lot of attention from fans and the media

He has won multiple league titles in his career, triumphing in England with Chelsea, Italy with Inter Milan, and Spain with Real Madrid. 

Mourinho also brought home the Champions League trophy in his final match with Inter in 2010, and with Porto in 2004. 

He is believed to have earned around £80m from being sacked during his career. Reports said he pocketed £3m after being dismissed by Roma, some £16m less than when he lost his job at Manchester United. 

Fenerbahce have finished second in the last three seasons - agonisingly missing out on the title by just three points to Galatasaray this campaign - despite netting an impressive total of 99 points. 

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