The trophy-magnet full back wants to make a good second first-impression in front of his 'great' manager…
Even though the charismatic Portuguese left the club one year later, to take up the helm at Internazionale and then Real Madrid, Cole remained at Stamford Bridge and secured himself legendary status due to his collection of seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, one League Cup, one Champions League trophy, 103 international caps and, most recently, a Europa League winner's medal.
His success at Chelsea, though, he feels, is down to one man - Mourinho - as he 'owes him a lot'. He told the club's official website, chelseafc.com, that: 'I didn’t feel I played as well as I could when he bought me, so I owe him a lot, and as a team I hope we can go on and win many trophies.
'It’s a big club and we need to win trophies. With the new players we’re training hard and we’re confident this season can be a great season for Chelsea again.'
For Cole, those trophies are sure to come as Mourinho, he feels, embodies a winner's mentality spirit: 'He’s always had one aim and one objective, and that’s to win. It doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in football, you have to train well and give 100% for him. That’s one thing, he always gives players a chance if they are training well and playing well.
'He’s a great manager and proves how good he is with the trophies he has won at different teams. He is great at motivating players and keeping you on your toes, so it’s a pleasure to play under him.'
Mourinho and Chelsea reunite in competitive action on August 18 versus Hull City in west London.