Moises Caicedo, the Ecuadorian midfielder at Chelsea, expressed deep concern about his family’s safety amid the recent unrest in Ecuador.
The country has been experiencing a period of turmoil, including attacks by criminal organizations and even an armed incursion during a live television broadcast.
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s manager, revealed that the club has been providing support to Caicedo and discussing the situation in Ecuador with him.
Despite joining Chelsea from Brighton for a record fee in the summer, the 22-year-old has faced challenges in meeting the high expectations associated with his transfer.
Pochettino acknowledged that the issues in Ecuador could have affected Caicedo’s performance but noted that the situation is improving, and the player is now feeling more at ease.
As Chelsea prepares for their Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough, Pochettino addressed the media, confirming Caicedo’s previous worries.
“The situation is not easy. In South America it is not only Ecuador. Normally, the club cares not just for him but for everyone.
“If you have problems, the club is there to try to help us in different ways.
“If it has happened it is a good thing from the club to help the player because we need him in his best condition to compete.
“Every day we have been talking about how the situation is in Ecuador. At the moment it is good news, in his case, with his family.
“I only know that the family is good and safe. You know very well that this could affect the performance of the player if something is going wrong with the family.
“He is OK now, he feels better. He says the situation there is not normal but it is improving and now it is more relaxed.”