FC Porto star Alvaro Pereira insists that he bears no grudge towards his club for failing to agree a deal with Chelsea.
The Uruguay international was widely expected to join the Premier League giants with the two parties having been in negotiations for several days prior to Wednesday’s 11pm deadline. However, talks hit a brick wall as the clubs were too far apart on the transfer fee with Porto wanting around 30m euroa and Chelsea offering no more than 22m euros. There was even talk of new signing Romelu Lukaku moving to the Portuguese club on loan.
Pereira will now remain at the Estadio do Dragao but he will not be sulking at the prospect.
“The club could not agree and I will continue in the colours of Porto,” the wing back told Sport 890 in his homeland. “They said they did not want to sell me and weaken the team, and as a player I have to respect that decision.
“Chelsea grew weary and withdrew their offer. My agent told me the two clubs just could not reach an agreement.
“I just have to focus on Porto and try and produce a performance, it will not be easy but that is my challenge.”