Ruud Gullit: Why I shunned the best stadiums to move to Stamford Bridge

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Ruud Gullit during his days as a Chelsea player. Photo: Chelsea FC

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On the 25th anniversary of his arrival from AC Milan, Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit has revealed why he made the move to Stamford Bridge.

The Dutch legend told the BBC: “Nobody I spoke to that summer understood why I chose Chelsea.

“I must say I didn’t know much about the club or even that part of town when I went there – it was just because Glenn Hoddle was manager, that’s what persuaded me to go.

“When I came for the first time to see Stamford Bridge, I was like ‘what the hell kind of stadium is this?’

“I was used to playing in the best stadiums in the world, but here there were only two stands.

“The place wasn’t just a building site, it was a total wreck. You had to walk around on planks of wood.”

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