Milan defender Kakha Kaladze is loving life at the San Siro and is delighted he did not leave the club for Chelsea in 2005.
The 28-year-old was expected to seal a switch to Stamford Bridge before The Blues signed Asier Del Horno.
Kaladze ended any speculation about a move away from Milan by signing a new deal later that summer and he has since extended his stay through to 2011.
The Georgian international, having previously struggled for first team opportunities, is now a regular feature in Carlo Ancelotti's side and is delighted with the way his career has turned around since the move to Chelsea fell through.
"Luckily I did not go to Chelsea in summer 2005, this is when my career and my life changed," Kaladze told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I wanted to leave Milan because I didn't play a lot and I liked Chelsea but the two clubs didn't reach an agreement and I remained with the Rossoneri.
"My luck has changed since that time, in part because of Paolo Maldini's injury and coach Carlo Ancelotti trying me as a central defender.
"The trial was positive and it made me feel important and it changed my feeling towards the club.
"I have just extended my deal until 2011 and not going to Chelsea has lengthened my career."