Monday, 5th March 2012...
I lay in my cozy sofa in my mum's house (still living with her). The phone was still on my ear, even though my phone call ended over an hour ago. The words of the call still resonated in my head;
"Hello. Is this Farid Farhat?" a husky voice said from the other line.
"Who wants to know?" I replied.
"I'm calling on behalf of the board of directors of Chelsea FC. We are aware of your free agent status, and have been monitoring you since your days at Preston. We believe, following the arrival of a new manager to the club, it is now the right time to sign you if you're interested." Silence ensued.
"Hello? Mr. Farhat, are you there?"
"Yes, I'm here." I wiped the saliva that had escaped from my previously wide open mouth.
"Do we have a deal?" The voice asked.
"You must be out of yer bleeding mind, of course i'll accept."
"Great! Just come down to our Cobham training ground tomorrow and sign the paperwork."