News Roundup: Latest On Marek Hamsik To Chelsea, Courtois To Play Against Us, Ramirez Out For The Rest Of The Season?
We have a roundup of interesting stories concerning the Blues as we head into a crucial week that will see us play against Atletico, and the possible ban Ramirez could face for elbowing Seb Larsson of Sunderland last Saturday in a league match.
Tiago warns Thibaut Courtois over Mourinho’s mind games
Atletico midfielder, Tiago has warned teammate and Chelsea on loan goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois to watch out for Jose Mourinho’s mind games. The midfielder warned the Belgian international keeper to ignore the mind games of the Portuguese.
Chelsea are billed to lock horns with the Spanish club this week in the semi-final of the Champions League, and the Belgian international is set to be in goal.controversies have surrounded the eligibility of the goalkeeper, who is on loan from Chelsea to play in the match.
“We all know Mourinho and we all know that if it is necessary to crank up the pressure before a game in order to win it then he will do that,” said Tiago.
“Jose just wants to win. He knows that Courtois is very important for us and he protects his own interests as any coach would. He wants to weaken us as any opposing manager would,” Tiago told the Daily Mail.
Ramirez could miss the rest of the season
Chelsea midfielder, Ramirez could miss the rest of the season due to a ban likely to be placed on him by the FA for violent conduct in last Saturday’s league match against Sunderland according to The Metro. The Brazilian international elbowed Seb Larsson in a match, which we lost 1-2 to a Sunderland team that is battling to escape relegation this season.
Chelsea warned off Marek Hamsik of Napoli
Finally, the Blues have been warned off making a move for Marek Hamsik by Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentis.
De Laurentis was quoted in the Express as saying that it is only the press that has been going about with various stories claiming the player was available for transfer.
“It’s only journalists who put him on the market. Marek has to come and tell me if he wants to go, but there is no more Neapolitan player than him,”De Laurentis was quoted in the Express.
The Napoli president did not however, rule out the possibility of selling the player should an opportunity arise:
“Of course if he came to me and asked to leave, then we’d have to discuss it.”