Former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson has revealed how former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tore his contract right in front of him during his time at Chelsea.
“At first everything was fine,” Johnson told talkSPORT.
“He’s a great coach and that’s what you want, but obviously we started to drift apart in terms of a relationship when I wasn’t playing.
“It was the year we won the league for the second time, but I didn’t play, I think I played like four games I was 20 years old and I knew my time there was drifting away.”
“I believed I was good enough to perform at that level, I just wasn’t getting the chance,” he continued.
“There were many times I was banging on the door – you know, as players do – just saying that I totally respect your decision, but to then let me go.
“At first he was saying ‘no’, and I was thinking this isn’t good for anyone, me just sitting here and not playing.
“For six months he wouldn’t let me go, then I managed to get him to agree to let me go on loan. He wanted me to go to a Champions League side to get experience.
“The next day I walk in and I said: ‘I’m going to Lyon’. Lyon wanted me, the contract was there, I was going to go and he was surprised that I wanted to go abroad as a young kid.
“So I signed, but then he ripped the contract up in front of me and said: ‘No, I’ve changed my mind’.
“He said he wanted me to stay in the Premier League, so I went to Portsmouth and obviously I started performing and showed what I can do.”
On his relationship with former Chelsea boss Mourinho, he added: “There wasn’t a relationship really. There wasn’t.
“But I don’t mind that, I don’t care about that.
“If I go to work and get on with people, great, it’s a bonus. I don’t go to work to get mates, I go to do my job and if everyone else does it too then you crack on.”