Jean Michael Seri was linked with a move to Chelsea before the 27-year-old midfielder joined Fulham during this summer’s transfer window.
The midfielder has been impressive for Fulham this season, scoring a wonder goal against Burnley and providing a delightful assist in Fulham’s draw against Brighton.
Seri has revealed he joined Fulham instead of Chelsea because Fulham showed him respect.
Seri told The Times: “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.’ 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 Mika 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.”