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'Mourinho Ripped Up My Contract Right In Front Of Me'

Former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson has shared how his relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho broke down to the point where he had a loan contract ripped apart by the 57-year-old.

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The ex-England international moved to the Blues from West Ham United in 2003, a year before "the Special One" joined the Stamford Bridge club, and although he was shocked by the former Porto manager's arrival in the Premier League, he was initially excited too.

"My reaction was similar to the whole squad's, we were a bit shocked (when Mourinho came)," Johnson told talkSPORT.

"But then when (Jose) Mourinho turned up, he let everyone knew he arrived and he caught everyone's eye, calling himself 'the Special One', we'd never heard managers talk like that before, so it gets your attention."

Later on in their time together at Chelsea, though, Johnson decided that he wanted to go out on loan so he could get more game time, but Mourinho refused to let him to leave England to do so.  

"It was the year we won the league for the second time, but I didn't play, I think I played four games. I was 20 years old and I knew my time there was drifting away," the 35-year-old, who later played for Portsmouth, Liverpool and Stoke City, added.

"At first he was saying 'no', and (for six months) I was thinking this isn't good for anyone, me just sitting here and not playing.

"The next day I walk in and I said: 'I'm going to Lyon'. Lyon wanted me, the contract was there, I was going to go and he was surprised that I wanted to go abroad as a young kid.

"So I signed, but then he ripped the contract up in front of me and said: 'No, I've changed my mind.'

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"He said he wanted me to stay in the Premier League, so I went to Portsmouth and obviously I started performing and showed what I can do."

Do you think what Mourinho did was right, or did he perhaps overstep the boundary concerning a player's contract? Let us know in the comments section below.

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