5. Sergio Ramos – Ramos remains one of Europes greatest defenders, and he benefited greatly from playing under Mourinho for three seasons even if their relationship did sour in the Portugueses last season in Madrid. Though he played right-back for much of Mourinhos debut season at Real, he featured prominently in the heart of the defence when they won La Liga in 2011/12. 10 2. Ricardo Carvalho – One half of arguably the Premier Leagues greatest ever centre-back partnership, Carvalho played under Mourinho for three different clubs. He built his reputation in 2003/04 as Porto won the Champions League, then established himself as one of the best in the world with Chelsea following Mourinho to Stamford Bridge. He stayed in London until 2010, then linked up with his compatriot for the third time at Real Madrid. His debut season was excellent, though injuries started to affect him and limited his gametime in the following years. He will go down as one of the best defenders of his generation, and would be Mourinhos best ever where it not for the man he played alongside at Stamford Bridge. 10 Jose Mourinho has completed his first signing of the summer, with Victor Lindelof’s move to Manchester United finally confirmed.It is hardly surprising his first move in the transfer market was to bring in a centre-back, as he looks to return the Red Devils to the pinnacle of English and European football.Throughout his career Mourinho has helped develop some of the best defenders in the European game, and Lindelof is sure to become exceptional under the Portuguese coach’s guidance.But just who is the best defender to have played under Mourinho? talkSPORT have taken a look back at his career, and rank Mourinho’s 10 best ever centre-backs.You can see the top 10 by clicking the right arrow, above… 9. Raphael Varane – Like the aforementioned Bailly, Real Madrids Varane is considered one of Europes best defenders despite his youth. It was Mourinho who took him to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, and offered him the chance to impress in the first-team. He only played 15 times in his debut season, but became a consistent starter in his second year making 33 appearances. However, Mourinho departed that summer, and the lack of time Varane spent under his tutorship is the reason he ranks so low. 10 3. Lucio – Brazil international Lucio had enjoyed a glorious nine-season stay in Germany before signing for Inter in 2009. Once he started playing, it was clear why Mourinho went out to sign him. Despite playing just one season under the Portuguese, Lucio helped Inter win the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League. His performances were deservedly praised, and it is not far-fetched to presume Inter, if they hadnt signed Lucio, would not have won Europes premier competition. 10. Eric Bailly – click the right arrow to see Jose Mourinho’s best centre-backs ranked – Give it a few more years, and Bailly is sure to be shooting to the top of this list. The young Ivorian arrived at Manchester United last summer and has already established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Europe. His performances have already made his £30m fee seem like a bargain, and under Mourinho Bailly is only going to get better and better as he ages. 10 10 10 4. Pepe – Pepe was a fine defender when he first signed for Real in 2007, but it was when he was joined in Madrid by Mourinho and fellow international Ricardo Carvalho that he developed into a world class centre-back. At times he played in a defensive midfield role, but his best performances came in the heart of defence. With his uncompromising style of play, Pepe was the archetypal Mourinho defender though his occasionally dirty tactics have really reduced his reputation. 6. Walter Samuel – Due to injuries, Samuel hardly played in the two seasons before Mourinho became Inter Milan manager. But when he started training after surgery in October 2008 it was clear the Portuguese had big plans for him. In fact, he became a vital player for Inter, and was one half of their great defence which led the club to the treble in 2009/10. Like others on this list, Samuel excelled because Mourinho built the team around his strengths and the Argentine paid back the faith shown in him. 10 8. Ivan Cordoba – Although he had a fractious relationship with Mourinho, Cordoba proved a valuable servant for Inter Milan in the Portugueses two seasons at the San Siro. Already a club legend when Mourinho arrived, Cordoba remained a consistent starter, making over 60 appearances as he helped Inter win two league titles, the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. He started to lose his place in 2009/10, but remained an important character around the club. 10 10 10 7. Gary Cahill – Cahill is certainly not the most naturally talented footballer, but he excelled under Mourinho during the Portugueses second spell in charge of Chelsea. He was a guaranteed starter during Mourinhos two-and-a-bit seasons at Stamford Bridge, and formed a superb partnership with John Terry. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in both 2014 and 2015, and remains one of the better centre-backs in the league thanks to Mourinhos coaching. 1. John Terry – Terry is regarded as one of the finest centre-backs of the Premier League era, and will be remembered as one of Englands best ever defenders. He was highly-rated before Mourinho arrived in London, but developed into a world class defender under his guidance. By 2012 it appeared Terry was in decline, but Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge the following year and built his new-look team around him. Chelsea won the Premier League for the fourth time in 2014/15, with Terry playing every minute, and once again regarded as the best centre-back in English football.