Wilkins blasts Kaka and Villa over Chelsea snubs

CHELSEA assistant manager Ray Wilkins has hit out at foreign stars who take &ldquo;the soft option&rdquo; after the Blues&rsquo; high-profile snubs from Kaka and David Villa.<br /><br />Brazil star Kaka rejected Chelsea&rsquo;s overtures and a chance to link up with his manager at AC Milan, Carlo Ancelotti, in favour of a &pound;56m switch to Real Madrid.<br /><br />The Blues have also had to concede defeat in their pursuit of Spain striker Villa, who is set to leave Valencia but looks bound for Real as well.<br /><br />&ldquo;Do they want the challenge of the Premier League? It&rsquo;s difficult to play in the Premier League as a foreign player, especially in the first year,&rdquo; Wilkins said. &ldquo;Are some of these players taking the slightly softer option in going to Real Madrid and staying somewhere where they know and not taking up the challenge elsewhere? I don&rsquo;t know. I&rsquo;m just playing devil&rsquo;s advocate. Our league is the best league in the world.&rdquo;<br /><br />Wilkins, who denied that ex-Milan defender Paolo Maldini would join the Chelsea backroom team, predicted arrivals of &ldquo;the utmost quality&rdquo;. But the agent of Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso yesterday played down reports linking the ex-Rangers player to Stamford Bridge. <br /><br />&ldquo;Milan is Gennaro&rsquo;s home,&rdquo; said Andrea D&rsquo;Amico. &ldquo;The fact Gattuso and Ancelotti get on really well doesn&rsquo;t mean he will leave Milan.&rdquo;