Former Chelsea owner and chairman Ken Bates has had his say on Jose Mourinho’s recent comments…
Didier Drogba was labelled the “best value” signing in Chelsea history by manager Jose Mourinho earlier this week, but Ken Bates has told reporters that the current Stamford Bridge boss that he’s wrong.
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The 83-year-old, who instead favours midfielder Frank Lampard, said: “I met then West Ham chairman Terry Brown at a Premier League meeting and asked him how much he wanted for Frank.
“I then did a deal at £9m. By the time it was all completed it had risen to £11m. Don’t ask me why… But It’s still the best £11m Chelsea have ever spent. Sure, he struggled at first because Chelsea played a faster game.
“But it was well worth the wait for him to finally find his feet. Frank was special and not just as a player. He brought an intelligence to football that we have rarely seen.
“I will always remember the speech he gave when he accepted the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award. He did it without a note. I don’t think any other player could have done that.”
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