Salomon Kalou has heaped praise on the manager who signed him to Chelsea back in 2006.
Jose Mourinho brought the then-21-year old Ivorian striker to Stamford Bridge from Dutch club Feyenoord where he would go on to help the Blues win one Premier League title, four FA Cups, one League Cup and the Champions League.
Kalou, who left Chelsea to join French outfit Lille in July last year, has spoken highly of Mourinho who he feels is capable of achieving anything he wants in west London.
“At Chelsea, I had the chance to work with so many different managers,” Kalou told Sportsmail. “All so different: different approaches, different words to us.
“I remember Jose when I first came to Chelsea and what he said to us in the dressing room, inspiring us, just made us want to fight for him.
“Everywhere he's been the players have wanted to die for him. That is a skill. He can inspire. To have all your players fighting for you, all with the same goal, that is so important. As a manager, you can’t ask more for that.
“He has the players, the club and the supporters behind him. Everything is in place. I have no doubt he can have more than the same impact there. He can do pretty much anything.”
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