CHELSEA star Victor Moses has aimed a thinly veiled dig at former manager Jose Mourinho.
Moses joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 for around £9million under Roberto Di Matteo and spent the majority of the 2012/13 season under interim boss Rafa Benitez.
The Nigeria international featued 44 times during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge but fell down the pecking order once Jose Murinho took charge the following summer.
The now-Manchester United boss decided to loan the 25-year-old out to Premier League rivals Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham for three successive campaigns.
And Moses admits his most difficult times at Chelsea were when he was told he was not in Mourinho’s plans despite spending the whole of pre-season with his team-mates.
The former Wigan and Crystal Palace star has since become a key player under manager Antonio Conte, who has transformed Moses into a right wing-back this season.
“The toughest time was pre-season, when you know that you’ve done well and the manager has never spoken to you,” he told Sky Sports.
“And then someone comes up to you and says you’re not in his plan and you’ve got to go on loan. When you go on loan it’s totally different because it’s not your club.
“You’re going there to do your best but sometimes you get injured and coming back into the team is always difficult.
“I felt a little bit frustrated to be honest when going out on loan but I needed to keep on working hard, keep my head down and play my football.”