Former Arsenal and Chelsea player Emmanuel Petit has revealed that he felt ‘disgusted’ with Chelsea’s medical staff and owner Roman Abramovich during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The former French international has move to Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2001 for £7.5 million and have spent three years with the West Londoners. He was a regular starter for Blues in his first two seasons but his career took a major toll in his third season with Chelsea as he managed just four Premier League appearances over the course of the season.
He was later released by the club in the summer of 2004 and the player retired from the game in January 2005.
“I really didn’t like the way it ended in the dressing room, with the medical staff and the president [Abramovich] at Chelsea,” Petit told French TV station SFR Sport 1.
“I was even disgusted. That’s why I left and didn’t give them any news about me after that.
“My performances had been suffering because my knee was a mess, but I put things off. I hid the truth from the medical staff. I still had the hunger.”
Post his retirement, Petit revealed that he found life really difficult after leaving the game.
“I found life extremely bland,” he added. “I didn’t find the same team spirit in real life. When you’re in a dressing room, you’re focused on your objectives.
“When you leave it, when you’re confronted with ‘normal’ life, so to speak, I didn’t always find the same feeling of solidarity among people. I found life very bland, I found people very boring for a few years.
“It’s a ‘little death’ to end your career like that, and that is why I was fortunate to have my family around me. I wouldn’t say I was depressed, but I had that feeling of blandness every day. You get up, but you don’t know why you get up.”