Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Winston Bogarde transfer flop

Although a player of immense physical strength and comfortable as a central defender and left back he received almost no playing time for Chelsea.  In fact, no Premier League appearances in his last three seasons combined.  Only weeks after signing his contract, newly appointed manager Ranieri wanted him to leave.  Bogarde demanded that his contract at Chelsea be respected due to his diminishing prospects elsewhere.  He only appeared 11 times during his four year contract, earning himself 40 000 pounds a week during this period.   Chelsea won a domestic trophy during his tenure and a bonus payment was due as was the agreement in his contract, despite Bogarde not featuring at all for Chelsea that season.  His contract ended in 2004.

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