England's Ashley Cole admits he owes success to returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Ashley Cole says he owes his recent career success to returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The England left-back was brought to Stamford Bridge by Mourinho from London rivals Arsenal in 2006.
And he has since gone on to win four FA Cups, a Premier League title, the Champions League and the Europa League with the Blues as well as reaching 100 caps for England.
Many of those honours didn’t arrive under the Portuguese’s charge, following his Chelsea departure in 2007 but Cole admits he still feels a debt towards Mourinho on his return to the club.
Cole revealed: "Having the manager back now from 2006, when he bought me, I still feel I owe him something.
"I didn't really feel I played as well as I could and as well as I have for Chelsea when he bought me.
"On a personal level, I think I owe him a lot.”
With Mourinho now back in charge at the club following spells with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Chelsea have big ambitions to succeed this season.
With no Premier League title since 2010 and with Mourinho continuing to chase the Champions League, Cole is still hungry to add more honours.
He added: "I've been lucky enough to win big trophies. Of course, I hope to win more.
“Having the manager back, hopefully we can do it all together.
"As players we owe it to the manager to win the league or the Champions League again."