New Lyon signing Bertrand Traore says he would not want to “re-live the same scenario” again after leaving Chelsea.
The 21-year-old claimed he “did everything” to fight for a first-team place at Stamford Bridge, but he knew he would “never get a spot”.
Traore joined the Ligue 1 outfit earlier this month for an initial £8.8million, a fee which could rise significantly with add-ons, while the Blues also inserted a buy-back clause.
He only managed 10 Premier League appearances for the club in 2015/16, but he reignited his career on loan at Ajax last season, scoring 13 goals in 35 games for the Eredivisie club.
And in an interview with the London Evening Standard he revealed he had no regrets about leaving west London for France.
“It was time. Considering my age and for my development, it was time for me to leave the club,” said Traore.
“I could have stayed at Chelsea and played a few minutes in every game, fighting every day for a spot, knowing that I’ll never get a spot, I trained at the club, I did everything.
“Two seasons ago, I challenged the starters but we all know what happened last year. I was there during pre-season and then I was sent out on loan.
“So this year, I did not want to re-live the same scenario. It was time for me to find a stable club where I could play first-team football, where I could be one of the key players in the team.
“To be one of the key players in the team, you need to fight, and here, I’ll do everything to be amongst them, and I’ll give everything for the club.”