Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim has claimed he would never have signed for the club had he known Jose Mourinho was about to be replaced as manager by Avram Grant.
Ben Haim joined Chelsea last June, but within months Mourinho had left Stamford Bridge to be replaced by Ben Haim’s fellow Israeli Avram Grant.
Ben Haim has played just six matches since the turn of the year – just two of those in the league.
“Jose Mourinho is the reason I came to Chelsea and if I knew Avram Grant was going to be the coach then I would have signed for another club,” former Bolton defender Ben Haim told The Sun.
“It was Jose who brought me here and no one except he and I know the conversation we had when he tried to sign me the first time a year ago last January,” he added.
“The fact is while Jose was the coach I played most of the games and people who know me know that I would not have come here to be a reserve.
“I knew that nothing good would come with Grant as Chelsea coach.”