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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refuses to offer any of his side’s gamers to competitors Tottenham – and even ended on Carlton Cole’s transfer to White Hart Lane regardless of the striker finishing a medical with Spurs.
The Blues and Tottenham share bitter hostility and Abramovich – who bought the Stamford Bridge club in 2003 – continues to make sure the historic rivalry is maintained.
He declines to let any of his stars leave west London for Spurs and the only gamer to sign up with Tottenham from Chelsea throughout his time as owner was goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who left on a free transfer in 2009.
And Cole remembered his transfer being obstructed by Abramovich in spite of him being on the cusp of finishing the relocation.
” I almost signed up with Spurs. I went and did my medical and whatever,” the previous England man informed talkSPORT.
” Roman Abramovich found out and he stated ‘you have actually got to return, you’re not joining them’. He stated ‘you can’t go to Spurs, I do not do organization with them’.”.
Cole came through the ranks at Chelsea’s academy prior to signing his first professional deal in 2000 and starting his first senior game two years later.
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Rather than let him leave for Spurs, Abramovich proposed Cole join Russian Premier League giants CSKA Moscow on loan.
Cole added: “‘ I have actually got an alternative for you’ [said Abramovich] I drive back to Stamford Bridge with my uncle and my daddy.
” He had his interpreter with him. Roman Abramovich was there, we were talking. I was saying ‘where am I going?’.
” He said, ‘I will offer you a new contract but you have actually got to go to CSKA Moscow’ – his other team.
” I was attempting to enter the England group. Those days you might not travel. If you travel you don’t get in the England team.
” So I stated to him, ‘I ain’t going to CSKA Moscow, pal.'”.
Cole ultimately left for another of Chelsea’s London competitors by signing up with West Ham in 2006 after making 31 appearances for the Blues.
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