Former Chelsea owner and chairman Ken Bates has had his say on Jose Mourinho’s recent comments…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho called Didier Drogba the “best value” signing in the club’s history earlier this week, but former Blues owner and chairman Ken Bates disagrees.
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The 83-year-old, who was quoted by the Sun, expressed his belief that Frank Lampard deserves that title instead. He 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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