Didier Drogba has revealed that he was reluctant to join Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Marseille.
The Ivory Coast international had been in sensational form for the Ligue 1 club that season and the new Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, was keen to use Roman Abramovich's deep pockets to seal his signature.
They eventually signed the 26-year-old for a massive £24m but Drogba wasn't happy with the deal.
Speaking in a documentary on ITV, Drogba said: “I didn’t want to move. I had started something with Marseille and I didn’t finish it.
“It was frustration because I had to leave; both clubs agreed.”
Despite his reluctance to move to Stamford Bridge, Drogba went on to have a successful spell with Chelsea between 2004 and 2012.
Scoring 157 goals in total, Drogba finished his Chelsea career by scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
In total Drogba won 10 major honours with the Blues, including all three of Chelsea's Premier League titles.
He is now playing in Turkey for Galatasaray after enjoying a short spell in China.
Didier Drogba – My Life Story is on ITV4 tonight at 11.15pm
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