Mikel regards Jose Mourinho return as 'massive' for Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest in a growing list of current players to support the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

The Real Madrid manager has been heavily linked with a move back to west London as he looks set to quit the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with rumours rife that Roman Abramovich is making plans to reappoint the Portuguese tactician, six years after he left the club by mutual consent in September 2007.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez is set to leave the club at the end of the season, but a long-term successor is yet to be announced, though bookies suggest that Mourinho is odds-on favourite to be named the next Chelsea manager.

John Terry and Frank Lampard have both given their public backing to the 50-year-old, and now Mikel has added to the chorus of approval, saying that 'The Special One' is the perfect man to restore order to the "crazy" club.

"The club is crazy, it is," reflected the Nigerian in an interview with Sky Sports, in reference to the seven managers who have been appointed since Mourinho's departure. "But we have to keep doing our job. We're players.

"The board, the owners, make the decision and we have to stick by whoever comes in. I don't know what's happening. It seems another manager is going to come in.

"Mourinho is a fantastic guy. He's a great guy. He's a fantastic human being, on and off the pitch. He knows how to motivate players, how to get the best out of players."

Mourinho was responsible for bringing Mikel to the Premier League, signing the 26-year-old from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo in 2006, and the African enforcer has not looked back since, saying he'd welcome the opportunity to work under him again.

"If you work with him, from the first day he tells you what he wants from you. That's exactly how it's going to be," Mikel added.

"What he wants from you is what you have to give and this is something that he's managed to do well and if he's the one that's coming in it's going to be a massive, massive plus for us.

"Mourinho doesn't let you relax. He doesn't let you sit back and say 'I'm there now'. He wants to push you to your limits. That's what he works hard on with the players. But what a fantastic guy he is, outside and inside the football pitch."


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