Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t allow the club to sell players to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Chelsea player Carlton Cole has told the story of how Abramovich stopped him from moving to Spurs, even after he had already completed a medical.
Cole told Talksport: “I almost joined Spurs. I went and did my medical and everything.
“Roman Abramovich found out and he said ‘you’ve got to come back, you’re not joining them’. He said ‘you can’t go to Spurs, I don’t do business with them’.”
The only player to leave Chelsea for Tottenham since 2003 is goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who left on a free transfer in 2009.
Cole came through the youth academy at Chelsea making his first-team debut in 2002. He eventually left Chelsea for West Ham in 2006 after making 31 appearances for the Blues.