Salomon Kalou speaks of pride at Chelsea spell and how it helped him

Salomon Kalou considers his spell at Chelsea to have been a success and believes he is a better player for his Premier League experience.

Salomon Kalou has told Fifa’s official website of his pride at being a success at Chelsea and the positives he has taken from that spell.

Jose Mourinho snapped the Ivorian forward up during his first stint in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat back in 2006.

Kalou was a raw talent at that stage, but one that had shown promise in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord.

He was never a regular starter throughout his time in the Premier League, but enjoyed six productive years in west London.

His time with Chelsea delivered one Premier League title, four FA Cups, one League Cup and one Champions League success.

He showed himself to be a useful asset throughout a glittering era in the club’s history and considers his time with the Blues to have been the making of him.

Kalou told Fifa’s official website: “I joined Chelsea very young. I was 20 and there were great players of quality and experience who'd been there a long time. I learned from being around them every day and they helped me improve. But I also won titles there, and it wasn't just by staying on the bench. I scored 60 goals in six years, and for someone who was young and not a first-choice starter, I'd say those are good figures.

“To spend six years at a club like that, who had the means to buy great forwards every year, and manage to keep my place is something I'm proud of and which helped me mature.”

Kalou moved on to Lille as a free agent in 2012 and enjoyed two successful years in France before taking on another new challenge last summer with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

The goals have continued to flow wherever he has been, while he has also earned 70 caps for Ivory Coast.

At 29 years of age he should be at his peak and will hope to have many more seasons, and possibly another couple of moves, ahead of him.

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