Michael Essien is keen to re-establish himself at Chelsea when he returns to the English side after his loan spell at Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The versatile player was a bench warmer during coach Robeto Di Matteo's reign at Chelsea and had to be farmed out to Real Madrid to save his career.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, the Ghana international reunited with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who he affectionately refers to as daddy.
The Portuguese trainer knew about Essien qualities and handed him more game time in the Spanish La Liga and UEFA Champions League.
The 30-year-old hopes to remain competitive on his return to England.
"I will return to Chelsea with my head up and try to win my place back," said Essien.
"I think my loan at Madrid has shown I have still got it at the top level."
Essien has made 17 appearances in the Spanish top-flight and convinced all and sundry about his former attributes.