Monday 11 December 2017

Cole: Mourinho will take Chelsea back to the top

Ashley Cole wants to win the Barclays Premier League and Champions League at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

Cole believes he owes a debt of gratitude to the Portuguese, who controversially signed the left-back from Arsenal in 2006.


"Having the manager back now from 2006, when he bought me, I still feel I owe him something," said Cole, who played for Mourinho for little more than a season before the Special One's departure in September 2007.


"I didn't really feel I played as well as I could and as well as I have for Chelsea (since), when he bought me.


"On a personal level, I think I owe him a lot. As a team, I hope we can go on and win many trophies.


"It's a big club and we need to win trophies.


"With the new players we've got in, I we're training hard we're confident that, hopefully this season could be a great season for Chelsea again.


"I've been lucky enough to win big trophies. Of course, I hope to win more. Having the manager back, hopefully we can do it all together.


"As players we owe it to the manager to win the league or the Champions League again."


Mourinho long courted Cole and the Portuguese was fined for breaching Premier League rules by secretly meeting the defender, without Arsenal's knowledge, at a London restaurant in January 2005.


Chelsea and Cole were also punished before the left-back moved to Stamford Bridge 18 months later in a £5million deal which included William Gallas moving in the opposite direction


The Blues have signed three players this summer - Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer - with Mourinho's sole remaining transfer target Wayne Rooney.


Chelsea saw a bid for the Manchester United striker rejected last week and are expected to return for Rooney before the September 2 close of the transfer window.


Cole believes a player has one thought when they know they are wanted by Mourinho - to join him.


"I jumped at the chance," the England defender said. "He's a great manager. He's proved how good he is with the number of trophies he's won with different teams.


"He's great at motivating players and keeping you on your toes, keeping you doing what you should be doing.


"For me, if there's a player he wants to come to Chelsea, it would be one thought in my mind: to come here and to be under a great manager. It's a pleasure to play under him."


Cole's decision to join Chelsea has been vindicated, as he has won every honour in the club game since.


Earlier this year he signed a one-year contract extension which incorporates the forthcoming season.


Asked if he would like to stay on longer, Cole said: "I hope so.


"(But) that's not down to me. I've just got to keep training hard, try to keep playing well and hopefully keep my place in the team.


"We'll see what goes (on) from there. "I love Chelsea. I've been here seven years now and I would love to stay here as long as I can."


Cole is hungry for more success under former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, whose appetite, the defender believes, is undiminished.


Cole added: "I wouldn't say he's different. He's always had one aim and one objective, and that's to win.


"I think it doesn't matter what you've achieved, or what you've done in football, I think you've got to train well and give 100% for him.


"One thing is he'll always give players a chance, if they're training well and playing well. The boys are confident and happy that he's come back.


"You can see there's a new lease of life in some of the players.


"Hopefully that's only going to benefit the team and the club.


"Hopefully we can have a good season and produce some trophies again."



Meanwhile, Chelsea today announced they had completed the signing of teenager Cristian Cuevas from Chilean club O'Higgins.


Cuevas represented Chile at this summer's FIFA Under-20 World Cup, helping his country reach the quarter-finals.


A statement on read: "The 18-year-old has signed a contract until 2018. He came through the youth ranks at O'Higgins before breaking into the first team and playing in the top flight in Chile.


"At 5ft 7in tall he plays primarily as a left-back but can also operate as a left-winger."

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