Especially one who allegedly ‘needs counselling’ according to a certain footballing legend! It had appeared that Chelsea would sign Robinho earlier this week, especially after Peter Kenyon had made several trips to Madrid in an attempt to lure the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge in the manner of the pied piper. To no avail in the end, but it’s water off a duck’s back to Phil Scolari.
Sky Sports reports that the Chelsea manager isn’t too fussed about missing out on the 24-year-old, although he might not be saying that after the team’s next match, which happens to be at Eastlands! The Brazilian coach is happy with the players already at his disposal, and it’s fair to say that this squad is not going to be stretched in a hurry.
“This is not a problem for me,” Scolari told the club’s official website.
“I have many great players and I am very happy with my team. I am receiving new players from injuries as (Didier) Drogba will be back soon.
“I don’t think the people around Robinho were serious about him coming to Chelsea,” he explained.
“They were more interested in the best business deal. But what I’ve said before about Robinho I say again now. He’s a very good player. I only wish him the best.
“I have seen the newspapers and that they say I am unhappy or angry with the club. These statements are not true at all.
“I have not said this and I do not think this. I am very happy with this situation.”
Indeed, unlike a club such as Everton or Newcastle, it’s not as if Chelsea desperately needed a player like Robinho, although many supporters did feel he would have provided the team with a different dimension. Nevertheless, the return of Drogba will ensure more clout going forward, while the likes of Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou can provide plenty of trickery against opposition defences.
Blues fans, do you share your manager’s indifference about this player?