Mourinho is the ‘the happy one’ on his return to Chelsea
Manager says first departure was mutual ahead of second stint at Stamford Bridge
“I want to everyone to work hard, work with quality. The club means much more compared to ourselves. We are no one without the club. If we work well success will arrive.”
Mourinho is aiming for a long second spell at Stamford Bridge after spending less than three years at both Inter and Real.
The Portuguese has always spoken of his love of the English game and it appears he is now hoping to settle in the Premier League.
“I am where I want to be so now it’s up to me to work hard to show my club that I deserve to be here for a long time,” he said.
“We have a contract of four years, in the first stage I hope we can look to the last day of his contract and if in the end the club is happy and wants me to stay I will be more than happy to do that.
“I think the culture in football is something very, very important for a manager.
“I did what I wanted to do and as I was saying since six, seven, eight months ago I wanted to go where I really like it very much and I was in a position to say which one is a league I prefer, which one is the club I prefer, which one is the mentality I prefer.
“First of all I decided that I was going to leave my previous club, that was like the trigger and I needed to make that decision and I made that decision.
“After that it was a question of analysing the situation, analyse the possibilities and make the decision which I believe is the best decision for my happiness.
“So when the Chelsea situation appears really and strongly, decision made.”
Mourinho is keen to reestablish club captain John Terry as a key figure in the team, after the central defender was marginalised at times last season under interim boss Rafael Benitez.
“From me, (there will be) not one word about Benitez’s decisions, on John or any other player,” he said.
“What I can say is about the future – (I’ll) meet John in the first week of July and try to get the best out of him.
“I know what he can give, let’s try to make him again a very important player which he couldn’t be last season.”
Terry’s situation was mirrored in Madrid last season as Mourinho left Real and Spain captain Iker Casillas on the substitutes’ bench for much of the season.
But the coach insists there was no fall-out with the goalkeeper and that he will assess each player on his merits.
“I play the players I think are the best for the team,” he said. “If I think somebody deserves to play, he has to play. If somebody has a big profile, a big stature, a big career, I cannot give him a privilege.
“It was a football decision, I decided for one player and not the other and it is up to the player to accept it or not. All my decisions are based on meritocracy, then I can sleep well.”