Jose Mourinho has warned the rest of the Premier League that he is ready to reclaim the title with a new-look Chelsea side.
The Special One, who led to back-to-back domestic triumphs in 2005 and 2006, accepts the competition will be far more formidable with and champions .
But Mourinho, whose summer revamp of his team is already well underway, believes he will still come out on top.
The Portuguese, whose team finished third behind City and Liverpool last time, said: "Next season will be very, very difficult, even more so than last.
"I know Chelsea will be better, but maybe the other teams will be better too, so it will again be the kind of league where you don’t know if you’re going to finish first or finish sixth.
"In this moment, I have to think and feel and say we want to finish first."
Chelsea are understood to have .
The midfielder has only one year left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal. A decision from the 24-year-old is expected after the World Cup.
By that time, Mourinho hopes to have confirmed to add to .
Belgium World Cup keeper , while Brazilian midfielder Oscar could be the fall guy as Mourinho sticks with Eden Hazard – having fended off the advances of Paris Saint-Germain for the Belgian – and Willian.
After eight years at Stamford Bridge, on July 1 while Frank Lampard – the club’s record goal-scorer – is also .
Mourinho added: "After 10 years of titles and great moments, this is a moment to rebuild again, because teams don’t last for ever. Clubs, yes, but not the teams. In the same club, you have to build another team.
"I was a little part of the process that made Chelsea a force in the last decade, and I come back with the dream to try to be a little part again of the next decade. That’s what we are doing, and for sure the results will come."
, but he sees the Belgian as a major part of his plans for the new campaign.
He went on: "People like Eden bring the magic and win matches in one action. They have the flair and the artist’s touch of the football. At the same time, he was not just that. He had a big evolution and he scored more goals than before.
"His work-rate for the team improved a lot too, so for a player like him he deserved it and the fact he was recognised by the fans gives him for sure more appetite for the next season to be even better."
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