Chelsea are set for a dark future ahead, following UK Government’s decision to sanction Roman Abramovich.
The sanction has effectively barred Chelsea from conducting business in the market or selling new matchday tickets. It has also restricted the spending on logistics, among other things, bringing about an immediate crisis as we head towards the final phase of the campaign.
With a transfer embargo looming large, Chelsea could brace themselves for a difficult summer ahead. The Blues are now incapable of agreeing to new contracts or even signing newer deals, which could see many players and even staff members being laid off.
According to Spanish journalist Javi Gomara (h/t Atleti Francia), one such player could be Saul Niguez.
The Atletico Madrid playmaker joined the Blues last summer in a season-long loan deal. He was brought in to offer depth in the creative unit that was already brimming with talent.
According to Gomara, Chelsea have an option to make the move permanent if they activate the €40 million buyout clause. However, with Abramovich and Chelsea, in extension, facing sanctions from the Government, the Blues are not in a position to do so.
It could complicate things for both parties, knowing that Saul will now likely return to Wanda Metropolitano in the summer. Los Colchoneros had initially offloaded the player on loan last summer, hoping he would fetch a lucrative deal come the end of the season.
However, the Spaniard has struggled in the Premier League, failing to live up to his expectations. With just 341 minutes of league action, Saul has fallen behind in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, thus compounding the problem for Diego Simeone.
Given Saul’s rapid fall from grace over the past few years, it won’t be surprising at all to see Atletico Madrid looking for new buyers for the midfielder in the summer. The player’s current contract at Wanda Metropolitano doesn’t expire until 2026, which could be useful in helping the club fetch a solid price for the playmaker.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo