Former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo has recalled a little of his time with the Blues in an interview with the Argentinian media this week.
Speaking to Radio Nihuil’s show Ovacion 90, the 31-year-old was asked about his time in Europe, and had a few stories to tell.
“As a reward for being top scorer for the reserves, I went with the team to the final of the 2008 Champions League”, Di Santo told Radio Nihuil (via Diario Uno).
The player talked about the great joy of having a friendship with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba back in the day.
“At Chelsea Drogba would pick me up and I enjoyed that more than training. One of the first times there was a party, and he said ‘I’ll pick you up like 8’, I was ready at the door at 3”.
“They are ordinary people who have had the chance to be very successful and famous, they have the humility of the greats.”
But despite the years he spent in England, Di Santo says the Premier League wasn’t the favourite tournament he’s played in Europe.
“The football I really liked was German. It caught me at a slightly more mature stage of my life and with more experience. The Premier League is incredible, but the Bundesliga too.”
Chelsea signed Di Santo on a €4.5m deal from Chilean side Audax Italiano back in 2008. He made 16 appearances for the Blues, but didn’t manage to score any goals.
Di Santo was loaned out to Blackburn in 2008, and permanently left Chelsea on a €2.4m move to Wigan in 2009. He later played for Werder Bremen, Schalke 04 and Rayo Vallecano until joining Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro last year.