Has Boulahrouz Left Chelsea Already?

Khalid Boulahrouz looks like he could be on his way out of Chelsea on a more permanent basis, with Marseille coach Eric Gerets taking a keen interest.

Having missed out on the original 23-man Dutch squad, Boula got the call following an injury to Ryan Babel and made a solid start in Holland’s opening game against world champions Italy. Although not an outstanding performance, the versatile defender certainly put in a strong enough showing to raise the odd eyebrow and Gerets has added his name alongside interested parties such as Newcastle. Gerets says “I have handed a list of reinforcements that I want to the board and Boulahrouz is on it. I don’t know how much Boulahrouz would cost but I would really like to have him.”

Boula, nicknamed ‘Khalid the Cannibal’ for his apparent ability to ‘eat up’ the opposition, joined Chelsea in August 2006 from Hamburger SV for £8.5million. He made a promising start to his Chelsea career with an impressive debut away at Blackburn and high-profile games against Liverpool and better still, Barca, where he had Ronaldinho in his pocket. However, a lengthy spell out with a knee and then shoulder injury, put paid to any potential run in the side and some well dodgy performances saw him finally out of contention altogether. And just in case he couldn’t read the writing on the wall already, a straight red against Arsenal to concede a penalty and the title to United, spelt the end of his time at Chelsea as clear as day. Having played in our final game of the season against Everton, Boula was then loaned out to Sevilla where he’s spent his time catching the eye of a few clubs around Europe.

But,following his performance against Italy, the Chelsea defender feels he has nothing to prove to those who doubt him. The Dutchman says “Things are going very well for me and I don’t think I have anything to prove. Seriously, nothing at all.” And just in case any of us thought he might like to make a return to Stamford Bridge, his next statement seems to suggest otherwise, with him saying “I am not playing here for myself. We are playing together and if you think you have something to prove to a former club it’s very distracting. That’s not the case.”

Looks like he thinks he’s left us already.


One Response

  1. I have to say I was mightily impressed by Boula against Italy. I had to pinch myself a few times thinking to myself that this couldnt be the same player who had the footballing ability of Jason Lee ( see pineapple head ) while wearing the blue of Chelsea.

    If his intentions were to put himself in the shop window then he certainly done that. I just hope we get at least our money back on him instead of selling players for a fraction of what we initially paid.

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