Sunday 12 May 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Right back Jose Bosingwa became the first Chelsea signing of the summer in 2008, and the final one of manager Avram Grant, when he agreed to join the club in a £16m deal.
The then 25-year-old Portuguese international had a hatful of honours to his name, having had a successful spell with Porto. He joined Porto in 2003, then managed by Jose Mourinho, and went on to win the UEFA Champions League in 2004 as well as a string of league championships.
"I've always had a dream to play in England"
Chelsea, meanwhile, had just reached the Champions League final and were desperate to win back the Barclays Premier League having just missed out to United in 2007/08.
Bosingwa would join Chelsea after playing for Portugal at UEFA Euro 2008.
"I played for a big team in Porto and now I'm going to a bigger team. My aim is to win titles," he said. "I have friends who are at Chelsea and it's a club I feel I can improve at and grow as a player.
"I've always had a dream to play in England - I always watched the Premier League as a child, I love the English game and now I'm here I'm going to work to do my best."
Twelve days after Bosingwa joined Chelsea, Grant was dismissed and was replaced by Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had managed Bosingwa at Euro 2008.
Bosingwa became a first-team regular in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge but injury severely restricted his appearances in the next season as Chelsea won the League title.
Although he did not hold down a regular starting place, Bosingwa played the full 120 minutes as Chelsea won the Champions League against Bayern Munich last year.
He left the club soon after but was signed by Mark Hughes for Queens Park Rangers last August.