“Best signing in Chelsea’s history” – strong words from Mourinho. Is he right?
Jose Mourinho has stated that he believes Didier Drogba to be the best signing in Chelsea’s history, according to the Daily Mail.
In what could be a deliberate dig at Frank Lampard – the club’s all-time leading scorer who cost just £11m – Mourinho heaped praise on the Ivory Coast star in an interview this weekend, explaining how he came to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
“I came to Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and in my first written report to Mr Abramovich in relation to my plans for the club, I gave the names of some players,” he said.
“Big names were arriving at Chelsea in that period. The previous summer, for example, Claude Makelele came from Real Madrid and Hernan Crespo came from Inter, among others, but Didier was unknown and the price was very, very high.
“Yet I knew as clearly as I have ever done that he was the player I wanted.
“I was very strong to persuade my club to pay such an amount for him and I think we can already say he was the best-value signing for Chelsea in relation to what he has done for the club over so many years, and he is not finished yet.”
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