He spent six years with Chelsea and was made their captain, winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. In the same time period, United won 4 Premiership titles, the Champions League and 2 FA Cups.
“In 1996, I signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United,” he said. “I spoke to Alex Ferguson on the phone. I was free! Bosman had just happened. So I was a free transfer! I won’t go into why it didn’t happen but if I had joined them I would have won several more titles! The challenge at Chelsea was interesting, though. The club was building, looking to go places and needed big-name players. Liverpool had come in for me, too, but I needed to have a French school nearby for my children. So I opted for London for Chelsea, for family reasons and for the quality of life.”