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Victor Moses explains what it was like working with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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There are plenty of players that Jose Mourinho hasn’t quite got the best of during his managerial career.

The likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata have all been discarded by the Portuguese boss in the past - with the trio going on to prove him very wrong.

And it seems there’s a player at Chelsea that is, again, making Mourinho’s judgement appear a bit wayward.

The man is Victor Moses with the Nigerian becoming one of Chelsea’s most important players this season under Antonio Conte.

However, under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, he was sent out on loan in each of the three seasons he played under the ‘Special One’ with him representing Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.

And Moses has now revealed what Mourinho would get his staff to say to him at the start of pre-season each year.

Moses on Mourinho

"The toughest times were in pre-season; you know you've done very well and someone comes up to you and says, 'No, you're not in his plans, you've got to go on loan,'" he said.

"When a manager doesn't have any interest in you, you can see that as a player.

"There's no point hanging around if you're not going to play, that's why I went on loan.

"But, when you go on loan, it's not your club, it's totally different. I was feeling a little bit frustrated."

Moses on Conte

However, Conte’s approach was very different.

"[Conte] came up to me and said, 'You know what, I like your football. I don't want you to go out on loan this year,'" he said.

"That gave me a big boost. I thought, 'It's good to have a manager like this, speaking to players, I've never really had it before at Chelsea.'"

While Conte admitted that he liked Moses when he first arrived at Chelsea, it was always going to be difficult for him to play in an attacking role with the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Oscar already at the club.

Instead, Conte’s decision to switch to a 3-4-3 allowed Moses to make the right wing-back position his own - something which he has grabbed with both hands.

Moses on his wing-back role

Despite initially admitting his surprise at being asked to play there, Moses now insists that he is having ‘fun’ as Chelsea have won seven consecutive matches in their new system and sit top of the league.

"We were being lined up (on the training pitch) and I thought, 'Where am I playing? Right-back? Wing-back?,'" he said.

"I'd never played the position before, never dreamed of playing it.

"At that first session he was talking to me, saying, 'This is what you've got to do, this is how you're meant to play the position'. I was like, 'OK'.

"It's kind of fun. I get a lot of ball and I get to go one-on-one against full-backs.

“My first option is always to be offensive but at the same time, I've got to do my defensive work which hopefully I'm getting good at."

If only Mourinho had given Moses a chance and recognised his potential.

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Frank Lampard
Chelsea
Manchester United
Victor Moses
Didier Drogba
John Terry
Eden Hazard
Jose Mourinho

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