Chelsea Transfer News: Porto's Rolando Drops Blues Hint
Porto defender Rolando has remained non-committal about a move to Chelsea and former manager Andre Villas-Boas, reports say. He hinted that now would be the right time to call time on his Porto career and move to newer pastures, and said that he was only a call away if Villas-Boas needed him.
Speaking to the media, he said-
“I loved working with him and if [Andres] Villas-Boas wants me, he has my number,”
“Everyone wants the best for themselves and if an offer comes, then I will see.”
Rolando was virtually an ever present name on Porto’s starting line-up last season, when Villas-Boas led them to an unprecedented treble, including a League win without losing a single match and winning the prestigious Europa League. Rolando’s fleet-footedness and calm head in defence coupled with his towering aerial ability proved to be a huge asset to Porto, particularly during tough away European encounters.
With only one year left to go on his current contract, Rolando suggested that he might quit the Portuguese club if the right offer came along. Taking all exit speculation in his stride, he said-
“I have been at FC Porto for three years, a time has come in which my exit starts being reported,”
“That is normal, but I am fine here and if I have to leave, I think now would be a good time.”
However, Rolando made it clear that what motivated him most was winning and staying at the top; and said that he would look to continue winning silverware regardless of moving to a new club or staying at Porto. He said-
“I have won a lot at Porto and I want to continue winning, whether it is here or elsewhere.”
It remains to be seen whether Villas-Boas takes Rolando up on his offer and makes a move for the Portuguese defender. With David Luiz, John Terry and Alex already present in the Blues’ lineup, Rolando will surely find it difficult to cement a starting place at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have also been busy in their pursuit of Luka Modric all summer, with Spurs steadfastly rebuffing all attempts so far and an impasse prevailing at the moment. Stay tuned for more news on both fronts.