Mourinho – who managed Terry at Chelsea – will come up against his former player in the dugout on Sunday when Tottenham face off against Aston Villa.
And the Spurs boss was full of praise for the path Terry has decided to take, stating that he is “really proud” of the former defender.
“At this moment people get a job without proving anything,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“So, probably he could choose that one of waiting for a big call.
“He didn’t choose that one. He went through the difficult one. But probably through the stability one.
“Based on different experiences, being an assistant, going to the Championship, leaving the Championship, coming to the Premier League and taking his time.
“His moment to grow up and reach what he wants to reach will arrive, so I am really proud of the way he is doing things and we keep in touch when it’s possible.”