Good News. Bad news.
That's how I'd describe the iminent departures of Deco and Ricky Carvalho. It looks as if a deal with Inter Milan is close approaching with the two Portugese internationals linking back up with former manager Jose Mourinho.
Losing Deco is devastating. Riiiight.
Ricky, on the other hand, isn't a major blow to an already stacked defense but it will be sad to see such a superb player -- perhaps a Chelsea legend? -- move on. I truly thought he may just hang around for another year or two. Not as a starter, of course, but as ample cover. Clearly a stretch, obviously, but I seriously thought he might at least consider it given the success he's had at the club.
That was until I saw his latest comments.
Via the Daily Mail: "I hope Chelsea and Inter can reach an agreement for me. I was injured for much of last season, and was not happy and Chelsea can't have been happy with what I did in the past year."
And there's this: "The club should have supported me more, which did not happen. When a player plays, everything is beautiful but, when things do not run so well, there is no support. I believe my time at Chelsea has come to an end. I am happy such a big club as Inter is interested in me. It would be good to return to working with Jose Mourinho."
Whoa. Pretty brutal attack from a fan favorite. I'm not sure what to make of this, but I feel bad for both parties. This should end on good terms, yet it's heading the way of Billy Gallas. Not good.
The Guardian reckons we'll let the pair jog on for less than half the £27.95 million they cost. Come on, can we not get at least £10-12m for Ricky? Whatever.
It's not official yet, so stay tuned for confirmation in the coming days.