Life at Blackburn is better than Chelsea! Di Santo risks wrath of Stamford Bridge
20 October 2009 02:49
Blackburn's on-loan striker Franco Di Santo has risked the wrath of Chelsea, his permanent employers, by revealing he hopes his temporary team beat the Blues when the two clubs clash on Saturday.
The Argentinian, who scored his first Rovers goal against Burnley last Sunday, has also thanked his new boss Sam Allardyce for giving him the opportunity to develop and become a more complete player.
After making only eight substitute appearances in the Premier League for Chelsea, Di Santo, a £3million arrival at Stamford Bridge in January 2008, also made it clear that he prefers life playing regular first-team football at Ewood Park to that spent on the bench in West London - for the moment at least.
Franco Di Santo soars to nod in for Blackburn against Burnley
High flyer: A soaring Franco Di Santo nods in for Blackburn against Burnley
'It is good for me being at Blackburn. I am very happy to be here because the manager has given me the opportunity to play,' he said. 'That has given me the opportunity to improve and gain experience and I hope to get better and better over the next few games.
'Sam Allardyce is helping me to become a more complete player. I am very happy at Blackburn. I need to improve and gain experience. I need to play games and score goals. If I go back to Chelsea I will try my best but if I stay here I will continue my education.
'I hope to get back to Chelsea and play. If I go back and don't play, it is less good for me. It depends on the situation. If I play for Chelsea, I will be happy because they were my first team in England and I always hoped to play in a top team. But if I stay here, I will be happy. I won't have a problem.'
Di Santo (centre) is mobbed by his Rovers team-mates after scoring
Popular: Di Santo (centre) is mobbed by his Rovers team-mates after scoring
Chelsea's transfer ban, coupled with Didier Drogba's prolonged absence from Stamford Bridge during the African Cup of Nations in January, means a return to London in the New Year is likely for Di Santo. But that has not influenced his choice of who to support in Saturday's match.
'I hope Blackburn win on Saturday,' said the striker, who is ineligible to face his permanent club.
'Now I play for them and want to do my best for them. When I go back to Chelsea, I will want the best for them. Now Blackburn are paying my wages so I want a Blackburn win.
'I will go to the game because I have a lot of friends at Chelsea and my contract is still with them. I want to go to watch.'