Jose Mourinho at Chelsea: 'I'm the happy one', says manager as he discusses John Terry, Roman Abramovich and his ambitions
The Chelsea manager speaks to the press for the first time since his re-appointment
Jose Mourinho has addressed the media for the first time since his re-appointment as manager of Chelsea, touching on his plans for the club including the futures of some of the current playing staff, including John Terry.
Speaking to a packed press conference, the first question the Portuguese manager was somewhat predictably asked was if he was still 'the Special One', a title that was adopted after he himself proclaimed to be during his first press conference in his original stint at Stamford Bridge.
With a smile, he replied: "I'm the happy one."
Mourinho went on to explain: "Time flies, it looks like it was a couple of days ago but it was nine years ago when I first became manager and since then a lot of things happened in my professional life.
"I have the same nature, I am the same person, I have the same heart and the same kind of emotions related to my passion for football and my job, but of course I am a different person.
"If I have to describe myself I would describe myself as a very happy person. It is the first time I arrive in a club where I already love the club, before I had to build an emotional relationship and I only came to love the club a little later."
There has been much speculation about the players Mourinho will look to bring into the club, and those he will look to usher out. The future of John Terry is particularly uncertain and Mourinho made clear that the club captain, and the other players from his previous spell at the club, would not be treated any differently to the others.
"There are still a few boys from my previous time here, which is always good to go back and see these people who gave me absolutely everything.
"It is important for me to tell you that there is no privilege for them. They know that already as they know my nature as a manger. They don't have an advantage in relation to the other people.
"There is a group of boys that Chelsea did very well to get in these past years and I will be more than happy to work with them and improve them.
"We always have ambition to add a couple of new players, to give different qualities and increase the competitiveness. The most important part of my job at the moment is the improvement of the youth here. They have big potential and I think I have the conditions to help improve them."
Specifically on Terry, who struggled to get into the starting XI under Chelsea interim-manager Rafael Benitez, Mourinho said: "I won't speak one word about Rafael Benitez's decisions, either on John Terry or any other player, all I can speak about is the future and the future is to meet John on 1 July and try to get the best out of him.
"I know what he can give, so let's try to make him again the best player he can be."
On Chelsea's young players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho refused to give much away about his thoughts.
"I want to meet them. I think it fair that the players the first one to know about the future and that future.
"Chelsea invested a lot in the players - it's my job to extract the best out of that investment. Both players are ready to come and be a part of our squad."
There has been much discussion whether Mourinho could be the man for the long-term at Chelsea, a club notorious for chopping and changing. The new manager believes the conditions are better than during his previous time at the club which lasted three years.
"Yes, now I'm prepared for that. Before I wasn't.
"I had this kind of mentality. Today is 10 June - the day of Portugal. I'm Portuguese and I love adventure like the Portuguese ones in the past - a bit of a navigator. But I've done what I wanted to do. I needed a special family - which I have - and they allowed me to move around Europe.
"I wanted to do it and wanted to win three most important leagues and cups. More than that I wanted the experience.
"The coaching in football is something important for a manager. I wanted to go where I really like it very much.
"It's up to me to prove to the club that I can be here for four year. I hope to go to last day of this contract. If clubs wants me to stay I'm more than happy."
When asked if he could do better at a club at which he has already won back-to-back Premier League titles, he replied: "I want to believe it is possible - I always trust my work.
"In this case I know many people who belong to the club and I know the type of mentality and ambition people have.
"My career has been built and raised on success. In every club I was able to achieve success and win trophies and leave different types of legacy. I have to believe in that.
"The club is more important than ourselves. If we work well - normally success arrives."
There has been much talk about his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Despite admitting last year that their relationship broke down at the end of his original tenure at Chelsea, Mourinho looked to re-write history today by claiming that wasn't the case.
"That is not true (my relationship with Abramovich broke down).
"I read that I was fired and we had a complete breakdown in relationship, that was not true. At the time we thought it was the best for both of us.
"It was a decision that was difficult for both of us but a decision made by mutual agreement. There was never a break of the relationship and that is why it was possible for me to be here today.
"I am back because we feel we are in a moment of my professional life and in the case of the owner, also a moment in his career as owner, where I think we are in the best moments of our careers and ready to work together again and in much better conditions this time and to succeed in what this club wants, which is stability.
"One of points for me is my relationship with the owner has to be private. What is discussed has to be private. That privacy is crucial.
"The point is we all want the same. We are all in the same direction. It's a moment where I think we have maturity, a very good feeling, same perspective for the future of the club.
"My area is football but more and more in football have to be deeply connected with all areas of the club. We have same vision and I'm more than happy to follow this philosophy. I am more than happy to be back.
"I didn't choose a comfortable position because I'm returning to a house where I was happy and successful and where fans loved me. I'm coming from the opposite way. The expectations are higher because people know what I can deliver.
"I want to be respected for achievements in the past but I want to respected for what I achieve now."
Mourinho spoke of the experience he now brings to Chelsea after working at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
"If I have to choose a nickname for this period. I would choose the happy one. I am very happy. I was two years at Inter and three at Madrid, five years in a managerial career is a long time. Football is an industry where you learn a lot of yourself and learn a lot every day.
"My beginning in 2000, when I was managing for the first time I thought I knew everything but after 13 years you realise you know nothing and have to learn every day. My adventures around Europe were fantastic for me, different countries, different cultures, different media. It was fantastic.
"At 50 I think I am still very young as a manager and I think it was like the beginning of a new period. Do I have a different personality? No, but for sure I have a deferent approach and perspective."
Asked if he was calmer than during his original spell at the club, he replied: "Calmer? I believe so.
"You have to learn with experiences. Sometimes people speak about people in negative way. I haven't arrived there yet but experience is vital if you use it well.
"I analyse myself every day as manager, leader and member of a club and I try to improve.
"Nine years is a big difference and you pushed me a lot in that first press conference for a strong approach - now you know me after my success.
"I'm in the best moment of my career in terms of knowledge. I'm sorry the pre-season doesn't start tomorrow."
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