Ex-Chelsea player Damien Duff was a fans’ favourite during his time at Chelsea. The winger made 125 appearances for Chelsea before joining Newcastle in 2006.
Duff, who won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during his time at Chelsea, admits he cried the day he left to join Chelsea and he believes leaving Chelsea was probably the wrong decision.
Duff also revealed Tottenham tried to sign but he refused to join them because he was a Chelsea fan and couldn’t see himself playing for Tottenham.
“I remember getting a message from Martin Jol, but I was a Chelsea fan after winning titles there so it was something I never really looked at,” Duff told FourFourTwo.
“I had friends at Newcastle – Scott Parker, Shay Given – and I wanted to give that a real go, but I had a disaster. I gave them everything but sometimes moves don’t work out.
“I cried on the day that I left [Chelsea] – looking back, that probably should have told me I was making the wrong call, as I never cried when I left Blackburn, Newcastle or Fulham, or even when I retired. But it was my own decision.”
Duff also revealed he came close to joining Liverpool twice during his career.
“I came close [to joining Liverpool] two or three times,” the winger added.
“The first was a year or two before I signed for Chelsea [in 2003]. I would have gone there, but Blackburn wanted a big fee so not too many clubs could afford to buy me back then!
“Then when I was leaving Chelsea, the same move nearly happened again.”