Victor Moses was denied a Premier League winners’ medal after Stoke blocked Chelsea from recalling him from a loan spell during their 2014-15 title winning season.
The 25-year-old was shipped out to the Potteries by Jose Mourinho when he returned to Stamford Bridge for his second stint.
But, with the Blues topping the table, the Portuguese tried to end his move to the Britannia prematurely.
The ethical pro left it up to the two clubs to work out the wrangle. But Stoke won the battle and Moses could only watch as his parent club ran away with the top-flight crown.
The Nigeria international – who never felt valued by Mourinho – bares no grudge and he even managed to be happy that they lifted the trophy without him.
Speaking to ESPN, Moses said: “My agent spoke to me about it.
“At the time I was doing well at Stoke and I said to him that I would like to go back to Chelsea and compete for the title, but I left it up to both clubs.
“Chelsea ended up winning the league anyway, and I was happy for the lads.”
Mourinho’s joy was short-lived, however, and he was axed in December of the following season which paved the way for Moses’ return.
Under Antonio Conte the former Crystal Place man has found his groove again and there is a sense he was never trusted by the Portuguese in the way the Italian boss is backing him.
Speaking about his time with Mourinho, Moses said: “He never spoke to me.
“I thought in my head, ‘He’s got his own players already.’
“I think we chatted a couple of times on the phone – he asked if I was alright at Liverpool (where he spent the 2013-14 season on loan), but that was it.”
“The manager who is here now is giving everyone a chance – even the young lads.
“I’m pleased that he’s here and I’ve just got to go out there and enjoy my football. As long as you work hard, the manager will see it and he’ll give you an opportunity.
“I’ve always had a good pre-season here and never really had a look-in. When the new manager came in, I just wanted to see how it went.
“It’s a blessing for me that he enjoys the way I play and appreciates the effort I put in. It gives you a lot of confidence when the manager believes in you.”