Mourinho cannot guarantee Chelsea places for Lampard or Terry

Jose Mourinho has insisted there will be no special treatment for the players he knows from his first spell at Chelsea, including the club captain John Terry and vice-captain and record goal scorer Frank Lampard, the Daily Mail has reported.

As well as Terry and Lampard, familiar faces on the playing staff at Stamford Bridge include goalkeeper Petr Cech, defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Michael Essien, who has returned to the London club after a season on loan at Real Madrid under Mourinho.

Mourinho said however that he will treat the players he knows in the same manner as the ones he doesn’t, and that he expects the likes of Terry and Lampard to be aware of that already.

There will be no privilege for them,” Mourinho said. “They know my nature. There are still a few boys from my first time, and it is always good to go back and see these people who gave absolutely everything to me when I was here.

But they don’t have an advantage in relation to the other people. It’s important to tell you this – not them, because they know.

Mourinho also praised the quality of the players who had arrived at Chelsea in the six years he has been away. “Chelsea did very well to get young boys with great potential, great ability and a great future, and I look forward to trying to improve them,” Mourinho added.

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