Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has stated that he would welcome the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, reports Sky
The 26-year-old Nigerian, who was brought to Chelsea as a teenager by Mourinho in 2006, has joined the list of seasoned Chelsea veterans which includes John Terry and Frank Lampard who have publicly hailed the much-speculated prospect of the Chosen One’s return.
“Mourinho is a fantastic guy. He’s a great guy. He’s a fantastic human being, on and off the pitch,” Mikel said.
“He knows how to motivate players, how to get the best out of players. If you work with him, from the first day he tells you what he wants from you. That’s exactly how it’s going to be.”
Mourinho departed Stamford Bridge in late 2007 and has since managed at Inter Milan and Real Madrid. And, whilst the trophies have still been coming since Mourinho’s departure, Chelsea have witnessed massive instability in the managerial role.
Roberto di Matteo became the most recent victim of owner Roman Abramovic’s ruthless approach when he was dismissed last November, six months after winning the FA Cup and Champions League. Rafa Benitez filled in the vacancy as interim manager until the end of this season.
Mikel himself has seen eight different managers in his Chelsea career. “The club is crazy, it is,” he admitted. “But we have to keep doing our job. We’re players.”
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