Sven Goran-Eriksson has revealed in his autobiography how Chelsea wanted Didier Drogba to miss the 2010 World Cup, because of concerns over the striker's broken arm injury, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The 65-year-old Swede was manager of Ivory Coast at the time, and had been made aware of insurance implications that could prevent Drogba's inclusion in the squad.
In order to select the Chelsea talisman, Eriksson told the Stamford Bridge outfit that he would shoulder any financial responsibility if the worst was to happen that summer, after seeing how determined Drogba appeared to represent his country at the finals in Germany.
Drogba scored one goal in three appearances for The Elephants, but was unable to prevent his country from falling at the first hurdle, exiting the 2010 World Cup after the group stages.
Ivory Coast's failure that summer ultimately cost Eriksson his job, leading him to take on a new challenge with Leicester City in October that year, but he still reflected positively on the experience, highlighting the day he saw the Chelsea striker as the first player on the plane as a personal highlight.