Where Jose Mourinho’s first 7 Chelsea signings are now – 17 years after Blues arrival

On June 2nd 2004, Jose Mourinho arrived in England with a bang.

His maiden press conference in the Premier League saw him aim digs at Claudio Ranieri, his rivals and saw the birth of the ‘Special One’.

Mourinho’s Chelsea appointment was the worst-kept secret of 2004, with Porto’s Champions League triumph clouded by the news they would lose their beloved manager days after.

The season before the Portuguese boss arrived at Stamford Bridge, Blues owner Roman Abramovich had backed Ranieri with £100m in the transfer market.

But Mourinho was also allowed to bring in seven new faces that summer – but where are they now?

Jose Mourinho made seven signings after taking over at Chelsea
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Paulo Ferreira followed Mourinho from Porto to Chelsea in 2004 after the Champions League celebrations.

The right-back featured 42 times in his debut season in west London, helping his side to their first top flight title in 50 years.

Ferreira enjoyed a nine-year stint with the club, playing a huge part in their dominance in the noughties.

After retiring in 2013, Ferreira continued to work for Chelsea as an ambassador and assistant loan player technical coach.

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What a signing Petr Cech turned out to be.

The Czech goalkeeper was signed for just £7m before making 494 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.

After 11 years with the club and countless trophies, Cech departed for north London rivals Arsenal.

But upon calling time on his playing career, the shot stopper was back at Chelsea to take on the role of performance advisor.

Paulo Ferreira followed Jose Mourinho from Porto in 2004
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