David Luiz in the midfield; Ryan Bertrand or Filipe Luis at left back; Juan Mata taking up advanced positions; Kevin De Bruyne playing in the hole as Chelsea's no. 10... these are all scenarios we have indulged in at times during this rocky start to the season, or even earlier. Probably unreastic scenarios, especially in Dr Bruyne's case.
But one player who has been deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho in the last couple years (perhaps controversially, we might add) and thus decided to leave in search of more minutes and more glory, would still want to work with the coach who willingly sold him! (Not that this is at all likely, at least in the short-term.)
"Mourinho is one [coach I'd like to work with]. [Then] Guardiola and Wenger... in this order"
-Romelu Lukaku; Source: Sport/Foot Magazine
No one's ever accused Lukaku of being the most consistent player on the pitch or the most humble and media-savvy off of it and in front of the microphones, and it looks like he still hasn't quite grown out of either habit. After repeatedly pitching a case for John Stones to stay at Everton throughout Chelsea's courtship of the center back, for example, now he says he wants to work with his former coach at Chelsea (!). Presumably this would come only after the complete striker leads powerhouse Everton to many, many trophies, right?
Jokes aside, Lukaku's words do show just how much respect José Mourinho (and Guardiola and Wenger) command among people in football, even when observers and fans and pundits have shorter memories centered around a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately attitude. Lukaku isn't alone in this regard, and he's not even the only Belgian striker on the Mourinho bandwagon.
"[I would like to work with] José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Not only because of their achievements: they have won everything. Their approach is completely different and it is also why I would like to work with both."
-Christian Benteke; Source: Sport/Foot Magazine
WAGNH understands that Roberto Martínez and Brendan Rodgers are preparing a coordinated effort to strike down José Mourinho and Chelsea with a unified statement claiming The Special One is tapping up their players by being very good at his job and winning too many trophies.