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Sturridge rues 'ludicrous' statements

Sturridge is loving life at Chelsea now. (©GettyImages)
Sturridge is loving life at Chelsea now. (©GettyImages).

Daniel Sturridge admits he has made some mistakes in the past, but the Chelsea youngster has learnt from them and is planning on showing the club this season that he was worth the investment.

Sturridge made the move to Chelsea from Manchester City as a 19-year-old, and the striker made some big statements about what he believed he could achieve at Stamford Bridge.

But now, the England under 21 international has admitted that he got a bit too ccky for his own good, and has learnt to show his talent on the field rather than just in his words.

"I said some things when I first signed for Chelsea that made people ask, 'who does this kid think he is?'" Sturridge told The Sun.



 

"I was just a young guy who had left Manchester City for compensation only. I'd never done anything in football or started regularly in anyone's first team.

"In my mind, I knew where I wanted to go and I thought I was just confident. Now I realise I came across as arrogant as the things I said were a bit ludicrous.

"But anyone who meets me knows I'm not like that and people are starting to recognise that."

Sturridge revealed that while he has the upmost respect for Carlo Ancelotti, it was Owen Coyle who gave him the confidence to show he was worthy of a starting place in the Chelsea squad.

"I don't know if Ancelotti rated me or not because he didn't give me the opportunity to play," he explained.

"All the time I felt I was only ever fighting for a place on the bench. And that was the hardest thing for me to deal with. I was impatient for regular first-team football.

"The club eventually agreed to lend me to Bolton and that changed everything. It was a gamble. I could have gone away for five months, failed to make an impression and who knows where I would've been now.

"But I had a new lease of life at Bolton. Owen Coyle restored my confidence and I'll never be able to repay him and his staff for that. Going to Bolton made me mature and showed me what football is all about.

"Owen wanted to keep me at Bolton but I was determined to come back here and have one more go at getting into the team. I returned with the mindset I had nothing to lose. I'd been through so much and said even if I failed to make it at Chelsea it wouldn't be through lack of effort.

"It felt like signing for the club again. I was back to square one, fighting for my place, trying to impress the boss. But I never expected things to go as well as they have done and I'm focused on succeeding at Chelsea.”

Sturridge insists that Villas-Boas has introduced a system at Chelsea where every player feels they have a chance of making the team.

"The new manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has changed everything since he came in. It doesn't matter if you're 17 or 25, he treats every player the same,” he said.

"It's no longer about individuals, the big players, the young players, the foreign players or whatever. If all the focus is on the stars, the team won't succeed. So now it's all about the Chelsea family going in the way the manager wants."

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