Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed on how Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich nearly rejected his transfer from Marseille of France to Chelsea.
Speaking during an interview, the former Ivory Coast captain said it wasn’t an easy affair joining the London giants.
Drogba said Abramovich nearly rejected him because he wasn’t a household name.
The player said it took the intervention of the Chelsea coach by then, Jose Mourinho, to convince Chelsea owner for him to move to Stamford Bridge.
He added that some of the Chelsea managers were against Mourinho move going for Drogba, whom they considered as less experienced.
“There were people who constantly reminded Mourinho he was so crazy for signing me,” said Drogba.
Drogba was afterwards signed by Chelsea at £24m, becoming one of Chelsea’s most expensive players then.
During his 15 years stay at Chelsea, he netted in a total of 164 goals in his 381 appearances for the Blues.
The 41-year-old, who recently joined the Confederation of African Football (Caf) as an advisor to president Ahmad Ahmad, urged those aspiring to make international appearances to focus on improving themselves and prove their critics wrong.