Gamberini claims he passed up on move to Mourinho's Chelsea and Inter

Former Fiorentina captain Alessandro Gamberini claims he passed up the chance to sign for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and Inter Milan… instead signing new contract in Tuscany

  • Former centre back Alessandro Gamberini retired in 2018 after a career in Italy
  • The Italian played for Fiorentina, Napoli, Bologna and his national side 
  • However, he could have climbed much higher, saying he turned down big moves
  • Gamberini claims Chelsea and Inter Milan courted him during his career  

Alessandro Gamberini has claimed both Chelsea and Inter Milan chased his signature early in his career, only for the centre back to sign a new deal with Fiorentina. 

The Italian played out his entire playing days in Serie A and Serie B, featuring for the likes of Bologna, Fiorentina and Napoli before retiring at Chievo Verona.  

He made 467 career appearances but could live to regret the decision he made when Blues boss Jose Mourinho came calling near the end of his first spell.     

Alessandro Gamberini (right) claims Chelsea and Inter Milan chased him during his career

The Italian claims the interest came at the end of Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea spell  

However, he had turned down the chance to play with some of the Premier League’s greats

‘In the past, I was courted by some very competitive clubs, such as Inter and Mourinho’s Chelsea,’ Gamberini told Radio Bruno.

‘If I hadn’t renewed my contract with Fiorentina, I probably would’ve joined one of those teams.’

The defender signed an extension to his La Viola deal in August 2007, just a month before Mourinho was ousted from the Chelsea hot-seat after falling out with Roman Abramovich. 

Within three years of Gamberini signing his extension, Chelsea had won another Premier League title and two FA Cups.  

However, the Italian did get to experience the Champions League limelight amid a strong period for Fiorentina, making nine appearances in the competition. 

Gamberini played his entire career in Italy, making nine Champions League appearances 

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