Friday 02 August 2013

On this day in 2001: Chelsea sign Zenden

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Netherlands winger moving to London

  • Zenden played for two seasons at Stamford Bridge

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 2 August 2001: Zenden moves to Chelsea

Chelsea continued their summer spending spree by bringing Netherlands winger Boudewijn Zenden to Stamford Bridge on a four-year deal.

Manager Claudio Ranieri had already signed William Gallas from Marseille, Frank Lampard from West Ham United and Emmanuel Petit from Barcelona, and he added Zenden to the list after he had fallen out of favour at Barcelona.

"I am happy Petit is here at Chelsea and hope we can work well together on the left of midfield," he said. "We both have something to prove and this is a bonus for Chelsea. They have two players eager to show off something to their former club.

"The most important thing as a player is to improve your game and you can only do that by playing every week and that is one of my goals.

"I am confident I will get a regular game. I know there are quality players here, but if I get the opportunity to show my ability I know I won't disappoint anyone."

With the departures of Gustavo Poyet and Dennis Wise, Zenden, Lampard and Petit formed a new-look Blues midfield. In his time at Chelsea, Zenden made 43 Barclays Premier League appearances in two seasons and helped Chelsea reach the 2002 FA Cup final.

He moved to Middlesbrough on loan in 2003 and signed a permanent deal with the club the following year. Zenden returned to Chelsea in January 2013 as part of interim manager Rafael Benitez's backroom staff.

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