Marcel Desailly insists Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich knows what he is doing at Stamford Bridge.
The 42-year-old former France international spent six years at Chelsea, the last of which was the first in the Abramovich era.
"People should stop saying Abramovich just splashes the money," Desailly told the London Evening Standard. "He loves football. I was captain when he was there and I would discuss football with him. He would tell me football is the reason of life.
"There is no business contract that can give him the feeling of being in the semi-final of the Champions League or when one of his players scores in the last minute to make him win the game.
"The feeling he has the day afterwards, money cannot give him that. We would not discuss culture or politics but his English was not very good back then. A translator would be in the room but he was a normal guy. For us, we were amazed to see how straight forward he was.
"He is a supporter and that is why I respect the guy. He has the passion and loves the team. The club is like a wine cellar where he moves the bottles because he has the money. He takes a player like Fernando Torres and he is like a very nice wine. He hopes when he is going to open it, it is going to be very good.