Paulo Ferreira is back in his native Portugal after ending his 18-year old association with European champions Chelsea last month. The Portuguese had been at the club since they signed him from FC Porto in the summer of 2004.
The current ownership uncertainty at Chelsea didn’t impacted the decision made by Paulo Ferreira to leave the West London outfit. He wanted to be closer to his family in his home country. Thanks to the decision to leave Chelsea, Paulo Ferreira will have more time for his son Diogo who’s in the youth team at Estoril in the Portuguese league.
Following his transfer from Porto in the early part of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea, Paulo Ferreira spent nine years with the first team before retiring from football. He was swiftly made a coach at the club after he ended his playing career. During his time with the first team, Paulo Ferreira won several major trophies including three Premier League titles and the 2011/12 Champions League title. He won eleven major trophies with Chelsea over a nine-year period making 217 appearances for the club in the process.
Chelsea legend Paulo Ferreira was the first signing of the second season under Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club in a deal reported to be around €20m. Also, the Portuguese star was the 13th overall in terms of signings under the Russian billionaire.
Ferreira spent nine years as a Chelsea player and a further nine years as a coach before his decision to return to Portugal earlier this year. During his time as a Chelsea coach, the fullback spent a lot of time in the loan department. The Chelsea loan programme is the brainchild of Mike Emenalo, the former Sporting director at the club. Paulo Ferreira was the second person hired for the loan programme after Eddie Newton.