‘He was never the special one’ – Former Chelsea striker slams Jose Mourinho for selling him at Chelsea

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell him at Chelsea in 2004.

Hasselbaink was a fan’s favourite at Chelsea and enjoyed four seasons at Stamford Bridge after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2000 – netting 69 goals in 136 Premier League games for the Blues.

However, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho decided to sell Hasselbaink upon his appointment as Chelsea manager.

Hasselbaink has slammed Mourinho for not giving him a chance at Chelsea, as he believes he’d have formed a good partnership with the legendary Didier Drogba and thus win a Premier League title.

Speaking to Kammy and Ben’s Proper Football podcast, Hasselbaink said: “I was absolutely gutted. More gutted because Mourinho never spoke to me.

“I bet you that Mourinho had been told that I was a difficult lad, hard to work with and all that kind of stuff – which was not the case at all.”

Hasselbaink added: ‘They got Drogba – what a signing – but surely I could have featured alongside him. I’ve spoken to Mourinho, he said, ‘yes, I made a mistake there.’

“I don’t care what he said. He should have kept me and I would have had a medal.”

Hasselbaink then concluded by saying that Mourinho was never the special one for him.

He concluded: “He’s a brilliant coach, absolutely magnificent what he’s done in football, but he was never the special one for me.”