Chelsea players tried to prevent Jose Mourinho from leaving while Didier Drogba ‘wept like a child’

Chelsea players tried to prevent Jose Mourinho from leaving while Didier Drogba ‘wept like a child’

John Terry tried to to convince Roman Abramovich to change his mind but the Portuguese boss already had an agreement to depart Stamford Bridge in 2007, leaving stars in shock

Jose Mourinho - Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid

Didier Drogba cried at Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea while John Terry tried to persuade club officials not to let him leave, according to a new book published in Spain called ‘Mourinho: Secrets of his Success’.

The revelations document the exit of the ‘Special One’, who is now in charge at Real Madrid, from Stamford Bridge in September 2007 when he was let go by Roman Abramovich despite having won six trophies at the club.

According to Chelsea player Paulo Ferreira, Drogba cried in front of his teammates when he heard the news and senior players including Terry and Frank Lampard tried to block Mourinho’s departure.

Quoted in the Daily Express, Portuguese defender Ferreira said, “It is always complicated when a manager leaves a club, but this case was much more so.”

“Jose came into the dressing room, gathered us all together and told us he was leaving. Didier was one of the worst affected. He wept like a child.”

Drogba himself added, “There was lots of emotion. It seemed unreal, as though it was a movie.

“We used to see him every day, and we were unprepared for him leaving. It was a real shock.”

Club captain Terry also recalled his attempts at preventing Mourinho from leaving.

“We spoke with the club, and told them clearly that we did not want Jose to go,” he said. “But he already had an agreement in place with the club.”

Lampard added: “I thought Jose would stay for 10 years. Everything was working perfectly.

“I don’t normally get emotionally involved in these matters. I know managers come and go – that is football.

“But in this case it was more than a manager who was going – it was a friend who was leaving us behind.”

Terry and Drogba both started as Chelsea ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Valencia on Tuesday and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the Ivorian bagging two goals.

After the match Drogba told reporters that the pressure surrounding the club after a poor run of form had galvanized the side, before shrugging off questions regarding his own future with his contract set to expire in the summer.

“There was a lot of pressure but you start the group stage you know have to play until the last day,” he said.

“We had a chance to finish top and our attitude was positive. We wanted to get the result. The pressure can sometimes be positive and it was today.”

“My future is not important, the most important thing is to put the team back in the position we want to be in, at the top of the Premier League. We are not happy where we are now.”

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