It is never nice for a club when a player decides to snub a move to join them, however, one player might have actually unknowingly helped Chelsea out.
According to a report by The Times, Jean Michael Seri revealed just why he decided to join the Blues’ west London rivals Fulham instead of them at Stamford Bridge last summer.
“When I played for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, Nice came for me and they really came. Fulham wanted me the same way. They said, ‘We want you, come to Fulham.’”, he said. “Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me but they didn’t say, ‘We want you.’ Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.
“Fulham said to my president, ‘We want Mica Seri, talk to him if he’s interested because we know Chelsea, Manchester want him and he almost signed for Barcelona but we are back in the Premier League.’ My president calls me, he says, ‘Fulham want you, do you want to go?’ I say, ‘If they want me, they respect me. The big clubs want me but Fulham show they want me.’ ”
Having joined the Cottagers for a fee thought to be around £25million, which also included Maxime Le Marchand, he was tipped to have a huge impact and help a then-Slavisa Jokanovic led team to Premier League survival in their first campaign back in the top-flight.
However, Seri’s performances have been rather disappointing for a player of his quality and his 32 appearances have not really brought much joy to the side.
And, it seems he is not prepared to try and get Fulham back into the Premier League next season, with rumours stating that he wants to make a swift return to France, with AS Monaco thought to be prepared to make that happen.
It would have been rather difficult to see where he would have fit in the Chelsea side this season with the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic all battling it out for a place in the middle of Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI.
The Blues and Marina Granovskaia can surely think themselves lucky that they did not have another costly flop on their hands.
Chelsea fans, how lucky do you think the Blues were to miss out on Seri last summer? Let us know your thoughts below.
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