Chelsea Rule Out Modric Interest
Chelsea are no longer willing to bring Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric on the Stamford Bridge, according to coach Andre Villas Boas who has declared that the Blues won’t make another bid for the Croatian next transfer window.
The former English champions brought both Valencia’s Juan Mata and Liverpool’s Raul Meireles as two of their most important transfers, being decided to rule out another offer for Modric. Chelsea had looked willing to pay the White Hart Lane side a reported 40 million pound amount, but the local rivals rejected the bid.
“We wanted to fill in a space in midfield and bring one more player in and Raul has that ability, he can play in the channels or behind the strikers, and with what we wanted to achieve in terms of the playing style, Raul fits the requirements,” said Boas.
Chelsea paid 12 million pounds for Meireles who split with Liverpool after one year. The 28 year old midfielder signed a four season deal with the West Londoners but has not made his debut yet on Stamford Bridge.
Boas is confronting a difficult moment, being unlikely to have Didier Drogba available for tomorrow’s game against Sunderland. The Ivorian suffered an ugly head injury against Norwich, but the Blues hope the striker will be fit for the first derby of the year against Manchester United whom the Blues meet on September 18.
Drogba will miss though the first Champions League clash against Leverkusen, according to the Portuguese manager who is likely to use Fernando Torres and Anelka in front. Petr Cech, who is also following an injury, is likely to be part of Saturday’s squad, while defender David Luiz is also expected to make the return tomorrow. Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League table with seven points won in three games.
Boas’ side beat newly promoted Norwich and West Bromwich Albion but they only won one point against Stoke City in the first day of the season. Next Tuesday they will make the UEFA Champions League debut against Bayer Leverkusen, while next weekend will see them on Old Trafford.
Chelsea were also drawn Mata’s former side Valencia and Belgian champions Genk Racing, side which sold keeper Thibaut Courtois to the Blues this summer, but whom the English loaned to Atletico Madrid.11