"I don't think they have anything to prove," he declares. "Everyone knows that Shaun is an exceptionally talented footballer, and we are delighted that he is back.
"He made a huge impact against Sunderland, and you could not have written that script any better. It was great for him, and I know that he is really excited about going up against Chelsea at the weekend, as we all are.
"He is going to get a fantastic reception, his homecoming in the media has possibly been overshadowed a little bit by the Robinho transfer, but come Saturday I think you will see Shaun get an outstanding reception. "
That Hughes also had a successful stint with the London Blues in the 1990s also adds to the mix, as he acknowledges:
"It's a great club, as a kid I was a Chelsea fan and I was so pleased to go there. I had three great years with them, it was an exciting time at Stamford Bridge and I enjoyed my stay there."