Victor Moses has been with Chelsea since 2012, but has spent much of the the time out on loan since then.
The 30-year-old enjoyed regular minutes with the Blues when Antonio Conte was at Stamford Bridge between 2016 and 2018.
Conte is now at Inter Milan and he took the player on a loan deal in the winter 2020 market. The Nerazzurri had an option to make his stay at the San Siro permanent last summer, but in the end, they decided against exercising it.
Moeses joined Spartak Moscow on loan last summer and during an interview with the Russian club’s official website, he detailed why a permanent move to the Serie A side didn’t materialise.
“I was ready to return, we had already discussed everything with Conte. But something didn’t work out. Maybe the financial situation affected it, I don’t know. And at some point, people from Spartak came to me and my agent,” he said.
The Blues are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Moses was asked if the fact that ‘Chelsea are the most “Russian” club in England’ influenced his decision to join Spartak Moscow.
Moses said: “Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia talked to my agent and explained why Spartak is the best option. And then I started to google about the club, watched some bright videos and realised how rich the team’s history is. So, I agreed pretty quickly.”
When heaping full praise on Conte, Moses explained why it didn’t work out for him at Chelsea under José Mourinho.
“Conte is definitely on that list. He helped me believe in myself. And it’s about the human attitude, not the fact that he found me a new position on the right side of the defence,” he said.
“Next is Roberto Martinez, Rafael Benitez. Neil Warnock, under whom I made by debut for Crystal Palace. [Spartak manager Domenico] Tedesco. And then there’s Mark Hughes.”
On Mourinho, he said: “No, [not in the top five list]. I don’t think so. Without a doubt, José is a great pro, and I respect his merits. But sometimes, you don’t get the right connect between a player and a coach. In the end, I tried to practice, I wanted to play, but Mourinho had a different opinion.”