Every Chelsea player to get a Premier League medal says Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has said that Chelsea will make replica medals so everyone that played for the first-team this season is rewarded for their title win.
Wolfsburg's Andre Schurrle having already revealed that Mourinho had texted him to say he had won a medal for his contribution earlier this season before he left in January.
But, while Premier League rules over the number of games needed to get a medal have been relaxed this season, there are still only 40 on offer for players and coaching staff. The Portuguese revealed that the champions plan to give out medals to the entire 2014-15 squad.
"Not all of them will get an official medal. But yes, we are going to buy medals," Mourinho said. "We are going to buy replicas of the cup. And, obviously, for me the champions are those who played every minute like John Terry, but also people like [Mark] Schwarzer who were not involved."
Mourinho also stated that Schwarzer and Schurrle are just one of a number of former players invited back for the club's last match and player of the year dinner.
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"Yes. Him, [Mohamed] Salah, Schwarzer, Lewis Baker... all of them who started the season with us. They have been invited to the last match and the Player of the Year dinner. They belong to us. We are not sure they can. Lewis can. The others we're not sure, but at least they know we feel they belong to the title."
Mourinho meanwhile praised West Brom's Tony Pulis as the manager he would pick if he were in charge of an English club, ahead of Chelsea's trip to West Brom on Monday. The Portuguese described Pulis as a "guarantee" of meeting a team's targets.
"It's simple. If I own an English club, which I don't and which I'd never do, I'd sign Tony Pulis," he said. "It's as simple as that. It's a guarantee to achieve what the club wants.
"He never managed a club that wants to be champions. He never managed a club that wants a top four place. He's always managed clubs who want to survive and who want stability, and he's mathematic: what the club wants, he gives.
"His record is absolutely amazing, and he does what some people don't understand -- but I do -- and what other people sometimes don't rate, but I do. Which is the relation between what the manager wants and what the team is.
"Tony's teams are exactly what he wants, exactly what he prepares a team to be. This is the most difficult thing in football. Philosophy is a beautiful thing but football is more than that. Tony is a great example of that."