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Steven Gerrard explains why his move to Chelsea broke down

Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard has explained why he turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea and play for Jose Mourinho in 2005. M...



Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard has explained why he turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea and play for Jose Mourinho in 2005.

Mourinho was close to taking Gerrard to Stamford Bridge during his first spell in charge but the former England captain chose to stay at Anfield.

Gerrard explained how it happened on the Greatest Game podcast.

"I have to accept the part that I played and the flirtation with Chelsea, and the ego and coldness between me and Rafa (Benitez)," he said.

"Maybe with a bit of maturity or experience we could have avoided some of the s**** that got out, or how far it did get. But there is relief there but at the same time I probably needed to do that with Liverpool to make them realise what they've got.

"It's always nice to know other clubs rate you as a player. I think about a year or two of Mourinho at Madrid more than I think about a year or two of Mourinho at Chelsea.

"I don't have no regrets not going to Chelsea, I have no regrets over it at all. I can take my lad to the game now, I got invited back to the academy to coach and that's the relationship I want with Liverpool."

Mourinho confirmed Gerrard's story in 2015, during his second spell as Chelsea manager.

"We did everything to try (to sign him) and it was almost there. I was dreaming of (Claude) Makelele, Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard in midfield.

"We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and (former Chelsea chief executive) Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.

"His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.

"He (Gerrard) was always a red and I think the decision was right."

Steven Gerrard is currently the head coach of Scottish side Glasgow Rangers.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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