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Terry: Jose still the 'Special One' for Chelsea
John Terry says Jose Mourinho has always remained interested in all that happens at former - and maybe future - club Chelsea.
With many in Spain assuming that Mourinho's time as Real Madrid coach is coming to a typically tempestuous end, the Portuguese boss has been heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge to potentially team up again with old players including Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech.
The Blues captain told Tuesday's Marca that Mourinho had never lost touch with his former Chelsea players during their six years apart.
"We keep in touch by text message, wishing each other luck," Terry said. "He always looks out for our results, and keeps interested in all that happens at the club. He also keeps in touch with Lampard and other players."
Terry admitted he had been interested to hear Mourinho's comments about an English club which loved him after Real Madrid's Champions League exit to Borussia Dortmund last week and had immediately tried to learn more.
"When I heard him say that I sent him a message asking which team he was talking about," he said. "His answer was 'them all'. And you must believe the things he says. With his quality as a manager he could really go to whatever club he wants."
The Barking-born defender suggested Blues fans would welcome back with open arms the manager who led the club to the 2004/05 and 2005/06 Premier League titles and 2006/07 FA Cup, before leaving in September 2007 after reportedly falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.
"Mourinho and the fans have a great relationship because with him we won the Premier League and some other trophies," the former England international said. "It is important, and for me too, to show respect to Real Madrid because he has a contract there. For me personally it is difficult to go into this subject, but the fans have shown clearly that he is a man that they love, above all for what he won, and for pushing the club in a direction it had never gone in before. He is still the Special One."
Abramovich and Mourinho may have had their issues in the past, but the pair had long patched things up, Terry suggested, while adding that he himself had always enjoyed working with the Portuguese coach.
"That was when he left, now they get on very well," he said. "Whatever happens, he still has a contract at Madrid and we must respect any decision that is made. The only thing I can say is that he is a great manager, and I enjoyed myself a lot with him."