Mourinho believes that Essien can fulfill a variety of roles at the Bernabeu this season and has defended the Ghanaian after his selection raised eyebrows in the Spanish media.
He told reporters: "Essien plays where I want, and he does not mind.
"He shows the same attitude and mentality as when he decided to come to Real Madrid and play, while making less money than at Chelsea.
"I do not give any credit to what the media say."
Madrid continued their fine recent form in La Liga on Sunday with a rampant 5-0 victory at Real Mallorca.