Benni reveals why he lost form

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McCarthy (30), was heavily linked with a switch to the Blues and could have teamed up with then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who he played under at Porto.

McCarthy told BBC Radio Lancashire: “It is very unsettling for any player. Especially if you have done so well and there is a strong possibility that you may go there.”

McCarthy also revealed he was in regular contact with Mourinho and now regrets that was the case.

“When Mourinho was coach [at Chelsea], I was always talking to him,” he added. “I should have changed that and hoped that we had a strictly good relationship as friends.”

The South Africa international admitted he has found it hard to concentrate at Ewood Park this season.

“It does disturb a player if it’s a club that is playing in the Champions League. I have got everything behind me now and I can just concentrate on Blackburn and no more distractions

“You, as a player, feel flattered and feel it’s a step up for you. It creates a bit of tension between you, your teammates and your bosses. It’s not been the greatest season for me, but at least I have scored some goals.”

McCarthy has hit only 11 goals for Rovers this campaign, after scoring 24 last season, and he realises that this has been detrimental to the team.

“If I had fully concentrated on Blackburn, I think between me and Roque [Santa Cruz], we would have been in the Champions League places definitely,” he said. “But I have got everything behind me now and I can just concentrate on Blackburn and no more distractions.”

McCarthy is likely to miss Blackburn’s final home match of the season against Derby today (Saturday) as he is suffering from a hamstring strain.