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John Terry and Frank Lampard will not get special treatment at Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese has warned Chelsea’s old guard that they will not get any preferential treatment during his second term at the club.

Jose Mourinho was previously the Chelsea manager from 2004 to 2007. Andrew Yates / AFP
Jose Mourinho was previously the Chelsea manager from 2004 to 2007. Andrew Yates / AFP

Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea’s old guard that they will not get any preferential treatment during his second term at the club.

Mourinho was officially introduced as the new manager of Chelsea today at a packed press conference at Stamford Bridge.

The self-proclaimed “Special One” relied heavily on the likes of John Terry, 32, and Frank Lampard, 34, during his first spell in charge of the club, but both players could not hold down a regular first-team place last season under interim manager Rafa Benitez.

The duo are approaching the latter stages of their respective careers and if they are looking for any favours from their old boss, they will not get them.

“There are still a few boys from my [first] time,” Mourinho said.

“It is always good to go back and see these people who gave absolutely everything to me when I was here.

“But it’s important to tell you – not them, because they know – that there is no privilege for them. They know my nature. They don’t have an advantage in relation to the other people.

“After [I left] 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.”

Terry in particular cut a disappointed figure for the majority of last season. Just a few months after being suspended from the final as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win the Uefa Champions League in Munich, the Chelsea captain was kept out of the team because of a knee injury and he struggled to find form and fitness upon his return.

Mourinho refused to criticise Benitez – with whom he has clashed on several previous occasions – for dropping Terry and said he was looking forward to trying to get the best out of the defender again.

“I will talk only about the future. Benitez’s decisions are Benitez’s decisions,” Mourinho said. “I am respectful of that,”
“I will meet John in 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.”

Mourinho joked that he could end up with a squad of 60 players next season if he landed all the targets to whom he has been linked since it was confirmed that he would return to Stamford Bridge for a second stint.

The former Real Madrid coach said he would bring in a couple of new faces and it appears that he also plans to keep the Belgian duo of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, who were loaned to West Bromwich Albion and Werder Bremen, respectively, last term.

The Portuguese manager cut a content figure in front of the world’s media, with over 250 journalists and photographers squeezed into the club’s Harris Suite. The reason for that, he said, is because he has been granted his wish of being at a club where he is loved.

“If I have to choose a nickname for this period, I’d choose ‘the Happy One’ because I’m very happy,” Mourinho said.
“This is the first time I arrive at a club where I already love the club.

“I want to be respected for what I did in the past for this club, but I want to be loved for what I can do from now.”

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