Photo: Chelsea FC

Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored 87 goals for Chelsea during a four-year spell before leaving to join Middlesbrough in the summer of 2004.

Hasselbaink was a record signing from Spanish club Atletico Madrid and he quickly became a popular figure among supporters.

“The fans have always been nice to me, so I remember them with affection,” Hasselbaink told Chelsea official website.

“They were always singing my name and cheering me on from the word go. That meant a lot because previously I had obviously left England, when I left Leeds, in a little bit of turmoil and coming back I had a little bit of pressure from the same journalists and stuff. But to be held high by my own fans really helped.

“I remember it when I came back to the Bridge with Charlton and they applauded me when I scored. The amount of love I got from the Chelsea fans was just immense. I had to do a job for Charlton and I was trying to win, obviously, but it was a way of showing my respect and admiration to the fans – to acknowledge them when I scored and not to celebrate. That was the only way to do it.

“I’ve always said those were the most important four years of my career and the best time of my career.

“I loved every minute of it. I established myself and felt at home.

“I was always welcomed and I must say, when I played at Leeds, they welcomed me as well, but I left there in turmoil. At Boro I also had a really good time and we achieved a lot of great things but that was in the later part of my career.

“At all three clubs I have great memories but with Chelsea it’s a little bit more special because it was a time when I had to really prove myself. I was bought for a record fee at the time, £15million, but looking back I had a lot of fun moments.”

About the Author

I eat, sleep and live Chelsea.