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Ex-Chelsea keeper Kharin: Gullit was a hero; he disappointed me as a person

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Dimitri Kharin admits he didn't see eye-to-eye with Ruud Gullit during his time in charge.

Kharin, speaking with Sport-Express, says he was happy playing for Glenn Hoddle before he was replaced as Chelsea manager by Gullit.

He explained: "Gullit? .. With all his appearance, the Dutchman showed complete indifference to me, especially after (Ed) de Goey appeared in the team. For 14 months, I think he only asked once: 'How is your sore knee?'

"At one time, Gullit was my idol in sports, and when he came to Chelsea, I was just happy to play with him on the same team. However, having become a coach, he changed a lot, and most importantly, his attitude towards people changed. I was disappointed in him as a person.

"I will tell you one case, after which I was finally convinced of this. I had already started training with the team, and in one of the sessions our physiotherapist asked: 'Will you play for the reserve team tomorrow?' I honestly answered him: 'I would be glad, but when I do a side jump, my knee still hurts'.

"Gullit heard my words and in passing threw to me: 'So what? Everybody hurts'.

"This phrase touched me. I replied that I know many examples when, after such operations, people go to the field after six months, and then break down and become disabled. Gullit apparently did not like my answer. He needed a footballer, and whether he was in pain or not, he did not care. But, forgive me, I didn't have a bruise or a sprain."


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