First signing of Roman Abramovich era Glen Johnson retires
- Johnson joined in 2003 and played a full season under Ranieri.
- Mourinho didn't quite rate him though.
- He made 72 appearances with Chelsea.
For all the brilliance and star-packedness of Chelsea squad following Roman Abramovich takeover, it was Glen Johnson who was the first outlay. Admittedly, the right-back was quite good at the time.
He joined from West Ham in the summer of 2003 as a 19-year-old. He finished his first season with 33 first-team appearances under Claudio Ranieri. Although he wasn't a starter in Jose Mourinho's fabled team, he still managed 28 appearances in the crazy 2004-05 season.
He then embraced a loan to Portsmouth before making a permanent switch to that club. He later played for Liverpool and Stoke City. In total, he made 72 appearances with the Blues.