Aitor Karanka admits his move to Middlesbrough was influenced by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The pair worked together at Real Madrid, and Karanka has announced that the skills he learned from the Special one was instrumental in his decision.
As quoted on the ABC website, he said: “From Mourinho I learned that what is fundamental is that the players feel happy.
“He supported me a lot to come here.
“He told me that it was a good place to grow and to fulfil myself. Chelsea have loaned us three footballers. After each match we speak and exchange messages.
“He gives me advice – the best that he has given me, since I worked with him during those three wonderful years at Real Madrid, is the that the team is above individuals.”