DANNY Hollands is attempting to do something that very few people have ever managed prove Jose Mourinho wrong.

The new Cherries recruit left Stamford Bridge for the last time earlier last week, 12 years after first walking through the door.

But with the huge financial resources available to the Premiership champions thanks largely to Roman Abramovich's enormous personal fortune, it was perhaps no surprise that the 20-year-old saw his path to the first-team plans blocked.

When full internationals like Shaun Wright-Phillips, Geremi and Eidur Godjohnsen aren't even making the first-team squad on a matchday, what chance does a 20-year-old have?

Hollands told the Daily Echo: "I couldn't see myself ever playing in the first team at Chelsea so I just felt it was time to move on.

"I captained the youth team and reserves but I didn't get anywhere near the first team to be honest. I'm not going to make excuses I wasn't good enough.

"But I'd love to go and prove them wrong and maybe play against them one day. It'd be great if we could get them in the FA Cup or something this season."

Even though Chelsea's reserve side is probably better than half of the Premiership sides, Hollands wanted the buzz of first-team football and knew it was unlikely to ever happen at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "I was playing in the reserves alongside people like Asier del Horno, Glen Johnson and Robert Huth. Eidur Gudjohnsen wasn't getting in the 16-man squad towards the end of the season and has now gone to Barcelona, so it gives you some idea of the competition for places. Look at Shaun Wright-Phillips. He cost £24m and was hardly getting a game."

And with Mourinho's priority to deliver trophies rather than produce home-grown players, Hollands is one of many young Chelsea starlets who felt it necessary to fly the nest.

Hollands said: "Chelsea have got so much money behind them, they don't really need to worry about the youngsters coming through. There are a lot of players who have moved on to other clubs and are doing quite well.

"Jose Mourinho is a very good manager and his training was good, but he had his ways of how he wants to do things and obviously I didn't fit into them.

"But I'm concentrating on doing as well as I can for Bournemouth now."