London:Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims to have made peace with owner Roman Abramovich after last season's well-publicised fallout.
Mourinho was reportedly upset at the Russian billionaire for meddling in team affairs by signing striker Andriy Shevchenko without his approval. For much of the season, Mourinho and Abramovich were rarely sighted together and hardly spoke to each other.
Now, Mourinho says he had clear-the-air talks with Abramovich before the team flew out to the United States for its preseason tour.
"I had a very good and long meeting with Abramovich at Stamford Bridge last week," Mourinho was quoted as saying in several Sunday papers. "It left everything clear between us so there is no doubt, no doubt at all.
"I know what he thinks, I know what he feels, I know what he wants. And he knows me as a person, as a manager, and he knows the way I work."
The acrimony between the two may have contributed to the Blues conceding their Premier League title to Manchester United and losing to Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals last season. Chelsea won the League Cup and FA Cup.
Mourinho, who is trying to get England internationals John Terry and Frank Lampard to sign new contracts, now hopes that the Blues will benefit from harmony behind the scenes.
"It was an easy, long and enjoyable meeting, and I was more than delighted," he said. "The air is clear again and there is no problem. We have a professional relationship and we understand each other."