Chelsea midfielder Moises Caicedo has advised Sky Sports activities it was “not possible” to show down the membership in favour of Liverpool final summer season – because the Reds got here in too late for him.
Caicedo moved to Stamford Bridge for a British switch report £115m in August, placing a dent in Liverpool’s fruitless seek for a brand new No 6 following Fabinho’s summer season departure.
They ultimately opted for Stuttgart midfielder Wataru Endo, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s aspect for round £100m lower than the Ecuadorian and has began solely 4 of their 16 Premier League video games this season.
Caicedo had been linked with a transfer to Chelsea lengthy earlier than Liverpool’s curiosity turned public. Chatting with Sky Sports activities forward of Saturday’s house sport with Sheffield United, he revealed the size of the negotiations he had held with the Blues was a deciding consider the place he ended up after leaving Brighton.
“I used to be speaking with Chelsea for a very long time. It was not possible to say to not Chelsea, as a result of they have been with me supporting me,” Caicedo defined.
“In the summertime I suffered loads as a result of it was sophisticated to depart Brighton. They have been with me, and within the final second Liverpool referred to as me but it surely was [too] late as a result of I needed to play for Chelsea. It was powerful to say no to Chelsea.”
The scale of Caicedo’s price ticket eclipsed the British report price already paid by Chelsea to Enzo Fernandez earlier in 2023, and has solely been amplified by a tricky begin to life in West London.
On whether or not he feels shackled by the worth paid for him, Caicedo stated: “Not for the price, as a result of at Chelsea you all the time must win. At all times, each sport, if you happen to do not win you’re feeling the strain, as a result of the followers all the time need to see the crew successful.
“Generally it is troublesome [to win] as a result of the opposite groups are powerful as nicely. We all know we’re Chelsea, however we’re a brand new crew with younger gamers. Personally, I’ve solely been right here 4 months, all the pieces is new for me.
“I believe it is about time. It may take time.”
Caicedo stays assured regardless of powerful begin
Caicedo was seen as one of many Premier League’s brightest defensive midfielders beneath Roberto De Zerbi at Brighton, who he helped qualify for the Europa League for the primary time of their historical past final season.
He’s but to breed that type within the blue shirt of Chelsea, who’ve received solely 5 of 16 Premier League video games since his arrival and sit twelfth within the desk, already 14 factors off a top-four spot.
That has not dented the arrogance of the 22-year-old, who has already racked up 59 appearances within the English prime flight and missed just one league sport on the Amex final season.
“In my profession, I’ve achieved loads, for instance enjoying for the nationwide crew, [then] Brighton purchased me and I performed a very good season at Brighton,” he advised Sky Sports activities.
“I did rather well. Different folks spent on me, as a result of final season I used to be an unbelievable participant and different folks have been talking [well] about me.
“I do know that this second, it is going to arrive, as a result of in soccer there shall be good and unhealthy instances.
“Proper now, this can be a unhealthy time for me, and my household is struggling loads as a result of they learn and take heed to the issues folks say about me that aren’t good.
“It is laborious. It is laborious for me. I attempt to be sturdy, as a result of soccer is like this. I’m ready for this.
“I attempt to assist them in each single means, as a result of they’re with me in good moments and unhealthy moments. After God, my household is crucial factor.
“They’re proud however, in the intervening time, they’re struggling due to how folks talk about me, not in a great way. It is regular. I inform them to be relaxed and never learn the unhealthy issues as a result of it is not good for them.”
On the bond he shares with Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Caicedo stated: “Now we have a very good relationship. He protects me from the criticism. He has been actually type and affected person with me.
“He is aware of who I’m and that’s the reason he’s relaxed with me. I am solely right here 4 months; I did not do a very good pre-season as a result of it was powerful for me. I am certain I will actually present my high quality, to point out who I’m.”
‘Kante and Pogba have been my idols in soccer’
Caicedo and outgoing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante handed like ships within the night time at Stamford Bridge, with the Frenchman leaving London for Saudi Arabia on the finish of his contract on June 30, barely a month earlier than his alternative was signed.
It meant the ex-Brighton man by no means bought to play alongside the idol he watched rising up – and as a 15-year-old noticed him full Leicester’s Premier League fairytale in 2016 – however he does nonetheless have a reminiscence of going through him within the Premier League, not less than.
“N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba have been my idols in soccer,” he stated. “I liked watching them.
“Enjoying in my neighbourhood, I’d play with my brother’s associates. It was superb as a result of they have been older, so I learnt loads from them.
“Assembly N’Golo Kante – it was superb. I used to be at Brighton, on the bench. I believe it was 1-1. After the sport, I ran straight to Kante to swap shirts. He stated ‘sure, after all’.
“He was very type with me. It was an unbelievable second for me as a result of I met my idol.
“It was the identical with Paul Pogba and I swapped shirts with him. I’ve the shirts again in Ecuador. No person can take the shirts away. They’re so particular to me.”