Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed in an interview with The Telegraph that Roman Abramovich stopped him bringing in Luka Modric during his time at the club.

The Portuguese manager held the worst win rate of any to reign under the former owner, with him winning less than half of his games before being sacked midway through his first season in charge.

His time with the club has in hindsight become even more forgettable, after his replacement Roberto di Matteo led the Blues to Champions League glory later that same campaign.

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Villas-Boas notably didn’t see eye to eye with a number of senior players at the club, and this ultimately contributed to his downfall a decade ago.

However, things may not have been so bad if he’d been allowed to sign one of the players he wanted, with him claiming Abramovich stopped him making the signing of Luka Modric.

Villas-Boas wanted Modric

He said: “We missed the Modric deal. If the Modric deal wasn’t to be done there was the Moutinho deal to be done. That was the promise of Roman. So that denial of him was a failure that you can’t [blame on] a coach.

“I thought that we had the Modric deal done and he ended up in Real Madrid the season after. Roman felt p——d off. So, no Modric.”

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The 37-year-old has obviously gone on to sensational things since making the move to Spain, with him securing his fifth Champions League title last year.

The club can perhaps look back to the match with Chelsea in that winning run and thank the Croatian for his sensational assist out of nothing, as they stared an embarrassing exit in the face at the Bernabeu.

There is no doubt the decision to frequently leave out Frank Lampard from the starting side would have gone down better if his replacement had been Modric

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.