12-goal Premier League star opens up on possibly signing for Chelsea this summer
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has told chasing Chelsea that he is happy where he is right now, despite links with a mega money move to Stamford Bridge.
The 27-year-old is under contract at Bournemouth until 2022 and has scored or assisted 21 goals this season, but his impressive performances over the past 12 months has seen Chelsea show a strong interest in trying to get a transfer deal done, as Maurizio Sarri looks to improve his front-line.
Sarri may have Gonzalo Higuaín and Olivier Giroud on the books, but both strikers are coming towards the back-end of their playing days and are no longer the prolific strikers that a club like Chelsea need in order to get back into the habit of winning titles on a consistent basis.
The Blues have been linked with the likes of Mauro Icardi and Robert Lewandowski, but Sarri also needs someone like Wilson to come in and help ease the load if another striker arrives, with reports suggesting Chelsea are ready to pay close to £30 million to try and secure a transfer deal.
But Wilson, who scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season in the 5-0 win over Brighton, told Sky Sports: ‘I signed a long-term contract, I’m happy down there – I’m playing football.
‘I’m happiest when I’m on the pitch. I never want to go and sort of be somewhere that I’m not going to play.
‘I never want to see myself not playing at Bournemouth even, being on the bench and things like that.
‘Any player has aspirations to play for their country, like I’ve managed to do thankfully, and play in the Champions League – different big occasions and big stages.
‘I’ve been linked [with big clubs] from a young age when I’m doing well, so I tend not to buy into it really. It can sway you off what you need to do and take away your focus.’
Wilson has been very impressive for Bournemouth this season and it is very easy to see just why Chelsea are interested in a possible deal, as he would easily break the 20-goal mark a season if he had the type of players that Chelsea have providing him.
But maybe the decision to stay put is best for his career as a move to Chelsea would not guarantee him the kind of game time that he deserves, his career is on the up right now because he is playing on a weekly basis, wohich would not happen under Sarri.
Chelsea would be a great career choice for the man, financially and if he wanted trophies, but if he wants to play then it would be the wrong type of switch.