Ricardo Carvalho’s criticism of Jose Mourinho for omitting him from the Chelsea squad for the Wigan game last weekend has met with a characteristic riposte from The Blues manager.
“Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe he should have an IQ test,” Mourinho quipped to Record.
“I am not happy to have heard about this through the papers.
“Ricardo has worked with me for four years and I do not understand these quotes, he probably needs to see a doctor.
“I told the players this summer that they will need to have patience because we have a great squad and everyone needs an opportunity.
“Carvalho knows how I work, I think he is just temporarily angry but I will speak with him personally.
“We can’t have this kind of thing at Chelsea.”
Mourinho’s amusing put-down comes after Ricardo Carvalho was quoted in Tuesday’s Evening Standard as saying: “I don’t understand why I’ve been told to wait for another chance to play this season.
“I don’t believe I will be third choice. It’s incomprehensible.
“I want to know why I didn’t play. How can I explain it when I don’t understand it?
“Sincerely I gave a lot of thought and time to myself but cannot find a valid explanation.”
Statement from Ricardo Carvalho · Update
Statement issued on the official club website.
“The recent comments made by me over my non-selection for the Wigan and Arsenal matches came from my frustration at not playing and I regret making them. They were a mistake and I have apologised to the group for saying the things I did. I want to play for Chelsea and be part of the group.
“Like all footballers I want to play every game and I am disappointed when I do not do so. I am aware of, and accept fully, my responsibilities to the team and the group and understand what this means at a club like Chelsea where there are good players in each position and competition for places. Now all I want to do is train hard and fight for my place.”
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