Ivory Coast international midfielder Salomon Kalou has openly suggested that he might be cajoled into looking for other clubs should he not be made part of the starting XI any time soon by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea.
Since Big Phil took over in the summer, Kalou has been relegated to the bench. He has featured in just two Premier League matches out of a possible four so far this season and on both occasions he came on as a substitute.
Kalou was signed in the summer of 2006 from Feyenoord by Jose Mourinho and has been a regular more or less for both Mourinho and Avram Grant.
But he now seems to have been relegated to the substitutes’ bench and Kalou is certainly not happy. He admitted:
“Of course I practice hard to have opportunities, but the manager’s decisions must be respected, even if I’m here to play.
“It’s up to me to work twice as hard at training, and to be honest I try to give my best in order to improve my football and hopefully it’s going to pay off.
“I don’t know what my future consists of, the season is still long. It’s too early to take a decision right now.
“When a young player arrives at Chelsea he’s happy to learn, and then you can have the opportunity to grow in another club or in here.
“As a young player I am aware of the fact that I have to make the perfect choice and at some point of my career I’ll have to accept to fly with my own wings.”