Chelsea news

Essien hoping to thrive under Mourinho

July 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Michael Essien believes his strong relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will allow him to flourish after returning to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho and Michael Essien celeb Real Madrid final game
GettyImagesEssien returned to Stamford Bridge after a season on loan with Real Madrid

Essien completed a season-long loan under Mourinho at Real Madrid and the Ghana international is hoping to break back into the Chelsea setup.

He is confident his best football is still to come under the "Special One".

"We have a good relationship and we understand each other very well," he said. "He's the Special One. He knows how to talk to his players and get the best out of them and it's always easy to work with him if you understand him.

"I understand him. I know what he wants and I always deliver. It's going to be a very exciting season and we're all looking forward to it. I think we can do what we did last time with Mourinho and win trophies. We have the players to do the job so just have to keep working hard."

Mourinho insists Essien's versatility will be a significant strength for the Blues next season.

"I know Michael better than anybody else," Mourinho said. "I know he can play in every position but goalkeeper and striker and he will be very useful for us."

Essien's career has often been halted by a series of knee injuries, but the 30-year-old insists he has returned to full fitness.

"My style hasn't changed, I'm still the same," he added. "You can tell I am still as strong and keeping fit. My knees are fine now. My knees are not giving me any problems. I just have to keep myself fit and get ready to do a good job for the team.

"When you have these injuries it's hard to get back but I go with the flow. I don't put pressure on myself or anything. I just listen to the doctors and once I'm fit and training I give everything."

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