KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 21: Salomon Kalou of Chelsea passes during the pre-season friendly match between Malaysia and Chelsea at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 21, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Some dangerous words from Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou today. The match winner at Benfica has revealed that Roberto di Matteo pulled him out of the doghouse following Andre Villas-Boas's dismissal. The previous manager, apparently, had banned the Ivorian from first team football following his refusal to sign a new contract. That's a shocking reveal, and Kalou has gone on to criticise the club for not giving him a chance to show off his stuff:
I had been told that because I didn't sign the contract I was not allowed to play. It has been a hard season not playing. As a player, you want to get involved more, you want to help the team to win and also for yourself.
You want to score more goals and show you're a better player than people think. If you don't get on the pitch, it is very hard to show that every weekend. I feel like maybe sometimes the club never gave me the opportunity to show what I can do. That is a really big frustration.
-Source: Sky Sports.
If the attributed quotes are true, I'm a little bit disappointed in Kalou for voicing the last part. It's one thing to criticise a former coach for unfairly punishing you (this is another example of Andre Villas-Boas being too stubborn for his own good - by banning Kalou he was forcing himself into playing Florent Malouda whenever he wanted to go to a 4-2-3-1), but another thing entirely to complain about your treatment from the club as a whole. If he feels as though he has any chance of a future with the Blues, that wasn't a very wise thing to say.
Kalou's deal expires in the summer. I guess you can draw your own conclusions from there.