Bertrand Traore admits he might “still be” at Chelsea if Jose Mourinho hadn’t left.
Traore left Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis in the summer after spending four years with the club.
His only season in the first team came in 2015/16, Mourinho’s final campaign as manager.
The Lyon forward played 16 games, scoring five goals, and although almost all of those games came after Mourinho’s December sacking, the Portuguese did hand him his debut.
“Jose always says what he thinks and always says the truth,” Traore told the Ligue Un Show.
“He said: ‘you are a very talented player, a young player, you still have to progress, you have to improve, you have to work hard’.
“I was out on loan to Vitesse, I did well, I scored many goals there. He called me back, he told me: ‘what you did over there was good, but to play in Chelsea first team you have to do three times more.
“If José was still at Chelsea, maybe I would still be there, I don’t know.”