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Steve Holland says that Chelsea is not interested in signing Messi
By Andrew Scott Friday, 9 January 2015 07:09
Steve Holland, assistant manager for Chelsea, said that the Blues are not interested in the world famous Lionel Messi, and now pay per head services hope that speculation on the player’s future cleared up a little bit more.
Recently, there were plenty of rumours about the Argentinian not being happy playing under Luis Enrique, Barca coach.
After this, there were many reports in the British media saying that the Blues were looking to meet his release clause in what would have been a daring effort for the 27-year-old to join the ranks of the Premier League. However, Holland said that the Blues have no plans of signing him.
“Signing Messi under FFP [UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations] is impossible,” he said.
“I think he [manager Jose Mourinho] has made it quite clear that in this window his expectation is that nobody comes and nobody goes.
“I recall this time last year he said the same thing, but a couple of things happened that meant we had to be reactive.
“Sometimes you just have to react.
“The hope is that nobody leaves and nobody comes, we’re happy with what we’ve got.”
The manager did not attend the news conference that took place on Friday after a misconduct charge was given by the FA for saying that a “clear campaign” was made against the Blues to influence referees after Cesc Fabregas was accused by Anthony Taylor of diving in the draw of 1-1 in the Premier League last month when they faced Southampton.
Holland was not very happy at all when he saw replays that showed Matt Targett trampling Fabregas within the penalty area, but the Spaniard was shown yellow due to simulation.
“There is a frustration with all of us, but we have to move on,” added the manager, and many fans fully agree. “Small margins, in the end, define success and failure.
“And in a game like Southampton, when clearly a penalty should have been given, it would have been a good situation for us and we might have gone on to win the game.
“So when managers speak immediately after a match, they are going to be frustrated.”
On Saturday, Chelsea will take on Newcastle United at home, in a Premier League game that will be closely monitored by fans and pay per head services all over the world.