Sunday 17 December 2017

Andre Villas-Boas claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘quit on me’

NEW Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas feels Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich "quit on me" after deciding to call a premature end to their Stamford Bridge project last season.

The 34-year-old was sacked just eight months into his former post in March, when the Blues were outside the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

However, under the guidance of then interim coach Roberto di Matteo, Chelsea went on to win both the FA Cup and also become kings of Europe following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

Villas-Boas was lured from Porto, where he had won the Europa League, after Chelsea met his release clause of 15 million Euros (£13.3million).

The Portuguese coach would not go into specifics, but maintains he was let down by the Blues billionaire Russian owner.

"I respect the decision of the owner of Chelsea, but I will never accept it," Villas-Boas said as he held his first media conference at Tottenham's new multi-million training complex in Enfield.

"I told him that for me it was him quitting on me when he had been so much involved in the beginning in bringing me in and he was the one also who was not putting up to the things he promised."

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