CHELSEA ace Bertrand Traore says he owes a lot to Jose Mourinho.
Traore, 21, played just 30 minutes of football under Mourinho at Chelsea.
But the forward, currently on loan at Ajax, seemingly harbours no hard feelings towards his former boss.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Traore revealed he is grateful to the Portuguese for giving him his first opportunity at Stamford Bridge.
“I owe him a lot,” he said. “People would say that when he was there, I didn’t play a lot, and I understand that.
“But when you are at a club like Chelsea, and results are not going well, it is hard to change the team and put young players in.
“I wish he could have stayed. But this is football. He was the one who took me to pre-season at 17 for a trial, and gave me the opportunity to score goals.
“Then he decided to give me a professional contract and send me on loan to Vitesse. I had a great one-and-a-half years at Vitesse, and he called me back to the first-team squad and I got opportunities.”
Traore and Mourinho will meet again when Ajax take on Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final.
And the Burkina Faso international insists they will reunite on good terms, although he knows he has a job to do.
“For sure, I’ll give him a hug,” added Traore.
“I’m excited to see him. But I also have to score against him.”