Former Spanish international winger Joaquin has said that he rues not joining Chelsea when they made an offer for him back in 2004, the Daily Express reports.
The 34-year-old, who has just returned to boyhood club Real Betis, was on Jose Mourinho’s radar when he first took over at the club over a decade ago.
Joaquin reveals that the Portuguese tactician travelled to Spain to convince him to put pen to paper on a move to Stamford Bridge, but he turned down the move to stay in La Liga.
And now the veteran touchline hugger has realised that not only would he have been better off financially had he made the move to London, he is also aware that he would have been regarded as a much more important player.
He told El Decano Deportivo: “I had more than one chance to do it. I lost a significant opportunity, economically and sporting wise, to win titles or of being a much more important player.
“I know that but I don’t regret it. My happiness at that time was not there, that’s why I stayed.”