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Chelsea keeper does not feel like part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans!

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Chelsea right now are finding themselves more and more in trouble. The Blues look distant from finishing in top 4 this season. There has been rumors of Maurizio Sarri facing sack in the coming days. The club is yet to find director of football and face a transfer ban of 12 months. Then there’s Eden Hazard who looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge in summer due to all this. All this has come at a time when the contracts of David Luiz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud are close to expiring. With Hudson-Odoi eyeing for a move in Bundesliga and Hazard edging closer to Chelsea, it seems this Chelsea goalkeeper does not feel like part of Sarri’s plan.

Rob Green has revealed how life as Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper has left him not feeling as much of a part of Maurizio Sarri’s side as other players in the team. He signed on a one-year deal in the summer to be the back-up to the back-up at Stamford Bridge and that’s exactly how his season has panned out so far. Green hasn’t played a single game under Sarri with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Cabellero being the go-to choices in the Premier League and cup competitions this campaign. Under Sarri he’s been used more as the opposition in training sessions, with the Italian using him in his tactical work to save efforts from his team mates as they build up to a match day. But that’s fine for Green – he knew what he was signing up for back in the summer but he is fully aware that he doesn’t feel the same commitment from the job he does at the moment.

Speaking to the BBC, Green said: “In a literal sense you are there as much as everyone else, but realistically no, you don’t get that same motivation. There is not the same climax at the end of the week. There is not the same commitment in a physical or mental sense. You are disappointed when the team loses and delighted for them when they win but it is not you. It is something you are a part of but it is not you saving the shot.” Green is a part of Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad and travels to “every game”.

He revealed what he does on matchdays, he said, “I go to all of the meetings, do all of the pre-match, do the warm-up and help in every way you can, whether it is collecting balls, saving shots or crossing balls in. Then, when the players are ready to come out on to the pitch, you are getting changed and more often than not at away games I find a cup of tea and go and sit in the stand.”

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Surely sitting on the stands would give Green a “different perspective” to the coaches on the touchline and he can feed back into post-match analysis. It seems the keeper issue at Stamford Bridge is something that the Italian has struggled with this season.

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