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Jose Mourinho couldn’t help but laugh after three of his former Chelsea players reunited this week, exclaiming, “Daddy is missing!”

Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, and John Obi Mikel all played important roles for Mourinho during his first spell as Chelsea manager, which lasted from 2004 to 2007. Chelsea won two Premier League crowns, an FA Cup, and two League Cups throughout that period.

And Drogba, Kalou, and Mikel all reunited this week for the Africa Cup of Nations draw, with Mikel sharing an Instagram snap of the trio having a meal together. “Still no statues but watch out!” Mikel captioned the photo, then tagged his former teammates.

Mourinho was one of those who responded to Mikel, stating, “Daddy is missing!” “You rich guys can enjoy your holiday time,” he said, adding a heart emoji. Mikel was bought by Mourinho for Chelsea from Norwegian club Lyn in 2006, after a dispute with Manchester United.

In 2005, United stated that they had agreed to sign Mikel, and a press conference was arranged with the player wearing a Red Devils shirt. Chelsea, however, hijacked the deal, and Mikel later stated that joining Chelsea was “the best decision I have ever made.”

“I don’t regret any decision I made because I enjoyed everything I achieved at Chelsea – it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life,” he told BBC Sport Africa last year. When I was 17, I signed a pre-contract with Manchester United.

“If you are a kid and you see Sir Alex Ferguson right in front of you with the contract, of course you will be tempted.” Mikel also praised Mourinho’s influence on his career, claiming that the Portuguese successfully converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfielder.

“Mourinho decided that he wanted me to play the defensive midfield position,” he said. “Ultimately, he is the coach and made the decision.”

“We talked about it, and he felt that because he had so many big midfielders in his squad at Chelsea, I should play defensive midfield.” Mourinho wanted me to take over from [Claude] Makelele, who was nearing the end of his career at Chelsea.

He went on to play 372 times for Chelsea, winning two Premier League crowns, the Champions League, the Europa League, four FA Cups, and two League Cups.

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