Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink still hasn’t forgiven Jose Mourinho for kicking him out of Stamford Bridge when he arrived in 2004.
Hasselbaink enjoyed four wonderful years with the London Blues. The striker had scored 67 Premier League goals in four seasons since joining from Atletico Madrid in a club-record transfer.
In total, Hasselbaink played 177 games for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 87 goals, adding a further 23 assists. It is no coincidence that the “blues” paid 22.5 million euros for him in 2000.
But Mourinho’s appointment as manager in the summer of 2004 ended his Chelsea career. The Dutchman was allowed to leave without money. Hasselbank moved to Middlesbrough where he spent two years.
“I was devastated, not only because of the expulsion, but because Mourinho never spoke to me,” the former striker told the “Kammy and Ben’s Proper Football” podcast. , or something. Which was not true at all.”
Didier Drogba arrived as his successor at Stamford Bridge. To this day, Hasselbaink regrets not playing alongside the Ivorian, and that he never managed to win the Premier League title – something he would have been awarded if Mourinho had kept him at Chelsea.
“They took Drogba – an incredible transfer – but I could have played alongside him. I have spoken to Mourinho afterwards and he has admitted he made a mistake. But I don’t care. He should have kept me in the team and I would have had a medal! “
With Mourinho in charge, Chelsea won the title twice, the League Cup twice and the FA Cup in the next three seasons. However, for Hasselbaink, the Portuguese is far from the Special One.
“He’s a brilliant coach. Everything he’s done in football is exceptional, but for me he’s never been special.”