He admitted to cfcuk: “I was close to going to Inter. There was only one man I’d ever have gone to and that was Jose.
“It was a period where I had a bit of turmoil, I’d just lost my mum and I wondered if getting away would be a good thing.
“I’d thought about trying something different and that was a time when I wanted to get away from the normal things that were suddenly abnormal without mum around.
“But as time went by and after I’d been away for the summer, I came back to Chelsea and decided that I didn’t want to go any more.
“I could have got more money abroad but there’s not one moment now when I wish I’d moved.
“I think ‘thank goodness I stayed’ because now I feel that at the end of my career I will be able to say I have given everything to this club.”