‘Never so special to me’ – Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink attacks Jose Mourinho after short stint together

Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink has criticized former coach Jose Mourinho.

The two worked together briefly at Chelsea in 2004 when the Portuguese coach first took charge of the club.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink won two Golden Boots in the Premier League in his career

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink won two Golden Boots in the Premier League in his careerImage source: Action Images – Reuters
Jose Mourinho allowed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink to leave

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Jose Mourinho allowed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbeink to leaveCredit: Associated Press

Haselbeink was allowed to join Middlesbrough on a free transfer despite his long spell on the West London side.

The Dutch striker joined the £15m club at the time, but Mourinho replaced him with Didier Drogba.

Hasselbeink said Cami and Ben Proper Football Podcast On leaving the club: “I was completely devastated. He was even more devastated because Mourinho never spoke to me.

“I bet Mourinho was told I was a tough kid, hard to work with and all that kind of stuff – and it never was.

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“They got Drogba – what a signature – but I certainly could have been by his side. I spoke to Mourinho, and he said, ‘Yes, I made a mistake there.'” “

“I don’t care what he said. He should have kept me and I would have gotten a medal.

“He’s a brilliant coach, so great what he’s done in football, but he wasn’t the coach for me.”

The current Roma player called himself “Special One” upon his arrival in the Premier League.

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He went on to win two Premier League titles, the League Cup twice, the FA Cup and the Community Shield for the next three seasons.

Mourinho then left Chelsea to spend successful spells with Inter Milan and Real Madrid before returning to Stamford Bridge.

As for Hasselbeink, his 87 goals with the Blues could not top the Boroughs as he scored 33 goals.

The 50-year-old currently manages Burton Albion and is under pressure from fans with some wanting to sack him after a poor start to the League One season.



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