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Shevchenko 'spoilt' at AC Milan

Andriy Shevchenko and Jose Mourinho
Mourinho (right) says he never had a personal problem with Shevchenko

Jose Mourinho believes Andriy Shevchenko failed at Chelsea because he was too used to being treated like a prince at AC Milan.

Mourinho also claims the Ukrainian was not his first choice signing when Chelsea manger but was "given to him as a second option" by the club in 2006.

He said: "He was like a prince in Milan and at Chelsea our philosophy was different, we had no princes.

"Everybody needs to work like everybody else and prove he deserves to play."

Shevchenko completed a move back to AC Milan on Monday after spending two fruitless seasons at Stamford Bridge following a club record £30m transfer from Italy.


Mourinho, now coach at Inter Milan, will come up against his former player in this season's Milan derbies, but scotched the long-rumoured tales of a rift between himself and Chelsea's record signing.

"The truth is I never had a single personal problem with him and I wish him well for the future," he told Fordís website.

"I believe in the future he will again be a player of high quality."

Shevchenko, 31, appears to bear no grudges against Mourinho.

"I hope he does well at Inter like he has done elsewhere," he said. "He's a coach who knows what he wants."

see also
Wigan 0-1 Chelsea
24 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Shevchenko completes Milan move
25 Aug 08 |  Chelsea
Abramovich lured me - Shevchenko
29 Jul 06 |  Chelsea
Chelsea complete Shevchenko deal
31 May 06 |  Chelsea

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