Guus Hiddink Issues Warning to Alexandre Pato

For a striker who is yet to touch a ball in a Chelsea shirt, the problems of Alexandre Pato have been aggravated yet again by the recent comments of interim Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink has warned the Brazilian that he is not guaranteed a first team place – even if he fully recovers from the injury that has kept him away from the Chelsea team thus far.

The 69-year-old Dutch Manager was talking to the press ahead of his side’s fixture against Southampton at the weekend.

Southampton are coming into this game in fine form and the Blues have to be at their very best in order to get 3-points at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

Talking about the injury woes of striker Alexandre Pato, Hiddink said:

“Pato has now to get his sharpness to be competitive with the youngsters we have, because we have three strikers available, plus Falcao who is injured,” Hiddink said.

In addition to indicating the depth in the strike department of the club, Hiddink provided one more reason that could keep Pato away from the Chelsea Starting XI.

“Diego [Costa] is doing his job very well and I’m rather satisfied with Traore’s performances in the games when he’s come in, especially being a youngster with no big international name. They have to compete for the positions.”

Clearly, with his new manager not outwardly showing confidence in him, Pato will have to be at his very best if he wants to stay at Chelsea beyond the 2015/16 season.


Leicester Set to Beat Newcastle in race for Chelsea Striker

According to reports coming from British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Leicester are closing in on the signing of out of favour Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

Newcastle are also long term admirers of the French striker, being Remy’s former club, but it is former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieiri who is set to lure the 29-year-old to King Power Stadium in this transfer window.

After the arrival of Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato at Stamford Bridge, it was only a matter of time before clubs came calling for Remy, sniffing an opportunity.

In an effort to earn his place in the French national team that will play in the European Championships this year (in France), Remy is looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Although the French have the likes of Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema ahead of him, more goals and games could help Remy muscle his way into the France side.

Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink has also fueled the claims that Remy is going to leave the club with his recent comments. Here is what Hiddink had to say on the future of the Frenchman:

“Remy has a slight calf injury right now. We’ll see what happens in the upcoming hours. But I don’t think being injured now has any influence on whether he stays or goes” said the interim Chelsea boss.

This could easily be taken either way, but knowing the media it’ll likely stir up further rumours of a move.