Jose Mourinho has revealed how he satisfied Roman Abramovich to signal Didier Drogba in 2004, claiming that the Chelsea proprietor had by no means even heard of the Ivorian ahead.
Drogba, who was 26 on the time he joined Chelsea, was hardly a family identify in 2004. Nonetheless, Mourinho was adamant that Drogba was the appropriate man for Chelsea, and he has definitely been confirmed proper. Drogba is extensively considered considered one of Chelsea’s most interesting ever gamers and helped the Blues to quite a few trophies throughout his eight years with the membership.
In an interview with beIN SPORTS, Mourinho confessed that he rejected strikes for a number of the world’s largest strikers in favour of Drogba.
He stated: “Drogba is the sort of man who’s so loyal that he by no means forgot that I took him from Marseille to the Premier League, the place he was not even anticipated, as a result of he didn’t begin very younger at that degree.
“He had already performed for Guingamp, Marseille, Le Mans, so once I took him to Chelsea I keep in mind clearly Abramovich was asking me, ‘Who? Who would you like as a striker?’
“With all the massive names in Europe at the moment I stated Drogba. ‘Who’s he? The place’s he taking part in?’ (I stated) ‘Mr Abramovich – pay. pay, and don’t converse’
“And Didier was an iconic participant for Chelsea, for the Premier League.”
On the time of the £24m transfer, Drogba was Chelsea’s costliest ever switch and the most costly striker within the Premier League. He went on to web a complete of 164 objectives in his 381 appearances for the Blues, and stays considered one of followers’ most beloved gamers.
Throughout his two spells with Chelsea, Drogba received 4 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups, however one of the memorable moments of his stints in West London got here within the 2012 Champions League last. With Chelsea trailing 1-Zero to Bayern Munich, Drogba netted a late header to take the sport to further time, and he then went on to transform the successful penalty.
He’s extensively considered one of many most interesting African gamers in historical past, and as one of many Premier League’s most threatening strikers. He ended his profession as soccer’s first ever player-owner, turning out for United Soccer League facet Phoenix Rising, earlier than retiring in November to give attention to his off-the-field endeavours.