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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Mourinho wants new Blues 'identity'

Miguel Delaney

Jose Mourinho said he wants to give Chelsea a new 'identity' and claims that long-term stability is now essential for both himself and the club.

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The new Stamford Bridge boss' returning press conference was something of a departure from his previous career, as he preached the benefit of long-term planning and insisted he and the club now had the same outlook.

"You need stability for identity, and I think identity becomes more important in football," he said.

"With Financial Fair Play, and Chelsea wants to go in that direction, you also need stability. You cannot change manager and philosophy every few years. For me, as a manager, it's something I want to experience. It's a different situation, but it's something I want to live. I haven't changed my nature, and I won't accept development without trying to win. Ever.

"It's more difficult to keep trying to win and trying to be successful, while at the same time developing young players while giving an identity to the team. But it's something I want at this stage of my career. Titles I have. Money I have. I need challenges. Nothing motivates me more than challenges.

"It's about changing the club. I think so. And the club thinks so too."

Mourinho re-iterated that he had changed himself as well.

"I'm [still] very confident but, at the same time, I'm more stable, more mature. If I was a proud guy because of what I did before that, now I've done more: I've been at Inter, [Real] Madrid, won titles. But it's a different moment of my career. My kids are older. I have more grey hair. I have these!"

The Chelsea boss also stressed that he would not be making big changes because the club had sufficient building blocks in place with the returning young loan players such as Romelu Lukaku.

"These 'kids' - and I say that respectfully - have big potential and space for improvement. They've not reached their best level yet. The stability the owner and I can give them is related to work. In the methods, the coaching philosophy, in my leadership, in everything that can help them improve. Mix them with those who are over 30, we'll keep a balance and try to go on.

"Imagine if you bring back Lukaku, [Kevin] De Bruyne and perhaps [Tomas] Kalas, who is at Vitesse [Arnhem]. Bring three guys back, that's zero [spent] because the investment was made before. We want to go in this direction. The one or two we may buy are complements because the structure and philosophy is this one. I'm more than happy to do that and to help these young guys grow up."

With much speculation surrounding the futures of Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, Mourinho claimed he would to speak to them when they returned from international duty with Spain before, but was adamant he wanted the duo to stay with the club.

"He [Torres] is one of the guys I've not spoken to. I've had contact with some. Not Fernando, who's with the national team with Juan Mata and [Cesar] Azpilicueta. I won't contact them while they're away. I don't want to be misinterpreted. I will wait until the end of the Confederations Cup, then I will speak with him. He's a Chelsea player with a contract. He's more than happy to stay and work hard, and I think he deserves that respect from me, especially, and also the club. That respect starts by speaking with him face to face and deciding what is the best for all of us. If the best for all of us is for Fernando to stay, let's help him and try and get the best out of him."




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