Saturday, 18th June, 2011

Ruud Gullit has spoken out on his departure from Russian Premier League side Terek Grozny, explaining he does not regret his decision to join the Chechen side and believes that if he had captured his preferred transfer targets then the team may have performed better.

Gullit was sacked last week by Terek in an episode which was strangely reminiscent of his spell with Newcastle United in 1999.

But the Dutchman is sure that he cannot look back and regret his acceptance of the offer put forward by Terek.

"After six months my adventure in Chechnya is over", wrote Gullit in his regular column for De Telegraaf.

"It was an adventure in, in all respects, a society that is totally different to the West. So I do not regret my decision to go to Grozny. It has enriched my life. And afterwards I don’t think I’m sorry. If you’re like that then you never dare to do anything."

But Gullit believes that the team’s performance could have been different if he had managed to tempt more of his first choice targets to Terek.

"It is true that our performances were disappointing in Grozny, but we missed reinforcements and targets.

"Diego Forlan, Mbark Boussoufa, Madjid Bougherra, if we’d had these we’d have performed better."

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