"I need an English player in my squad and I have to make a decision about that," he told the club's website.
It's all about quotas and Chelsea must draft in one additional homegrown player to complete their squad and be in line with Premier League regulations, with a senior player also having to be axed to ensure they fall in line.
Chelsea have seemingly finished with their transfer business ahead of the new season, so that player will come from the club's academy.
And after all the good work behind the scenes in recent years, Mourinho has plenty of talent to choose from.
"In this moment I start to have this feeling that our academy is bringing players to our level," he continued.
Indeed, Mourinho has utilized the Chelsea academy well this summer, deploying many youngsters in his line-ups while the senior stars have been recuperating after the World Cup.
Bleacher Report takes a look at the English contingent to see who should make the step up to be considered for the first team.