Chelsea have been making headlines in the papers today for the controversy surrounding the summer purchase of Loic Remy and the sale of David Luiz.
Beleaguered Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has taken to Twitter to vent his anger at the manner in which Loic Remy’s last minute move to Chelsea was conducted, according to The Express. The Frenchman’s absence is being keenly felt by Harry Rednap’s side who are struggling to find the net so far this season. The Malaysian businessman who bankrolls QPR conceded in a tweet that the loss of Remy is a massive setback:
“When we lost Remy 48 hours before deadline day it was huge huge blow. Huge blow. But we fight on. Stop sending me ridiculous tweets.”
He went on to criticise the player for acting in bad faith, implying the striker misled QPR.
“I love the Remy comments. Remy was staying, he was in my house for dinner to sign the extension. Then Chelsea called.”
Remy’s move was not the only controversial transfer, there are conflicting reports surrounding the departure of David Luiz to Paris Saint Germain too, according to The Mail.
Jose Mourinho offloaded the defender for a staggering £50 million prior to the World Cup, this seemed like a silly price at the time for a defender who was struggling to get his game at Stamford Bridge and in the wake of Brazil’s horror show in the World Cup semi final, where Luiz’s comical defending helped to gift the Germans an astonishing 7 goals, the deal seemed like the equivalent of the Parisien outfit buying a Ford Fiesta for a Ferrari price tag.
Jose Mourinho’s comments, although diplomatically worded, indicate that he was more than happy to get rid of the sideshow Bob lookalike arguing that his squad is stronger without him, a contention that is backed up by Chelsea’s impressive early season form.
“Last season he was not a regular first-choice for us. David did important things here, was always a good professional and we will miss him as a good guy when he was with us. But from a football point of view we believe our squad is stronger this season than it was.
“As a central defender he was not at all first-choice, it was John Terry and Gary Cahill during the whole season. In midfield he was a physical guy and gave us some important things, especially when we played in the Champions League when Nemanja Matic couldn’t play. But this season Matic can play in the Champions League so we don’t lose that physicality. The fact we also have Cesc Fabregas moves us in a different direction and we want to move in a different direction. It’s something that our football needs and we want to go in that direction.”
In this unseemly dispute, which is redolent of a teenage breakup, the Brazilian countered that the Blues boss wanted to keep him arguing that the departure was purely his own decision.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract to stay but it was my choice to come here. I was happy with the plan PSG offered to me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.