Nine years on from his famous 'Special One' comment, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made, perhaps, an even more ambitious claim.

The Portuguese coach, speaking in his first interview after he agreed to rejoin the Blues, vowed to establish an prolonged period of dominance at Stamford Bridge, focussing on young players and bringing the best out of his current squad.

"When you look at the profile of the Chelsea squad I think it's what they need at this time," said the 50-year-old, who has won league titles in both Italy and Spain - with giants Inter Milan and Real Madrid - since leaving the London club in 2007.

"It's a young squad with a lot of talent and I think they need stability to reach a high point of their evolution and for their careers. They need stability," Mourinho asserted. "I'm very confident I can help the team and help the boys to develop."

The incoming boss also spoke of his continued affection for the club and, despite a drawn-out period of unhappiness at Real, he alleged that it took him just a matter of moments to reach a deal with owner Roman Abramovich.

"I feel myself not just as the Chelsea manager, because this is the first time in my career that I've arrived at a club that I already love," he professed.

"It was an easy decision. I met the boss, the owner, and I think within five minutes we decided. I asked the boss do you want me back, and the boss asked me do you want to come back, and in a couple of minutes the decision was made."

However, the man who won six major trophies with the Blues - including Chelsea's first Premier League title for almost half a decade in 2005 - has admitted that the club's greatest historical moment did not occur during his first tenure.

I can imagine now especially after the Champions League, that was the highest point of the club's history, that this is now a bigger club."

"I am the same. I have the same nature but I'm much more mature with a different approach to things, I'm more ready to be in a club and stay for a long time."

Though Chelsea have been tipped to spend heavily in the transfer window, perhaps signing the likes of Edinson Cavani and Marouane Fellaini, Mourinho insists that he is not going to be rushed into rash recruitment activity.

"First of all I need to work with them [the current Chelsea squad]. I like the profile. I like the fact we have three, four or five players from the beginning of the winning Chelsea, and I think they have to be always a part of the Chelsea soul.

"But with the age of Eden Hazard, Oscar, David Luiz and these boys, I think it will be good for me to work with them and good for them to work with me. Together we can improve and make a better team than we have now."


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