Is the Premier League losing its player appeal?

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Luis Suarez is demanding a move away from Liverpool, the second most successful team in the history in favour of a move to Real Madrid. What does this say about English football? 

Well, it says it is going through a bit of a rut at the moment. The Premier League was once and still is widely considered to be the best league in the world, but more of the top drawer footballers including Suarez and maybe even Bale seem to want a move away.

The Barclays Premier League season finished a few weeks ago with Manchester United winning easily with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal taking up the remaining Champions League places. 

Players like Suarez and Bale missed out on European competition and the Champions League respectively, giving them the opportunity to vie for a move abroad, increasingly Spain. 

But this is not the first instance that this has happened. Over the years the Premier League has lost a countless amount of high quality players. 

In 2009 the league lost one of the best players in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo. Even Manchester United, the then champions of Europe couldn’t convince him to stay. 

The Premier League lost something that had made it so attractive to watch, a great player. Thierry Henry left to Barcelona from Arsenal, even if at the time Arsenal were not at their peak, it was still a great loss to English football.

So why the exodus? 

Football has seen the titanic rise of billionaire owners taking over teams and buying the best players. The start was with Abramovich at Chelsea and then Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City. 

This was great for English football, the increased competition meant more and more teams could now challenge for titles and more top quality players could be brought in. 

But not only England has seen this meteoric rise in transfer funds, France now has two of the richest clubs in world football with PSG and AS Monaco. The latter has just signed free-scoring striker Radamel Falcao who chose a French side who just got promoted instead of teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City who were also linked with the player. 

Money elsewhere has meant that many Premier League clubs are now struggling to compete with the likes of the free-spending PSG, AS Monaco and maybe even Anzhi Makhachkala to some extent. 

This has meant that the Premier League, which now has many foreign stars may look for moves away from England. Aguero was only recently tied down to a new deal at City which came as a sigh of relief, but the influx of money that other leagues are enjoying could mean that many Premier League stars would consider moves away. 

There is clearly no longer loyalty in football, and Falcao joining Monaco shows how much money changes things.

Another problem that many pundits including Gary Neville has exposed is that more and more foreign stars than English players receiving an opportunity to play in the Premier League. 

In my opinion this is not a problem, but many players such as Chelsea's Josh McEachran and Sunderland's Connor Wickham are not getting the playing time they need to develop as players. Although one could argue that stars from abroad attract wider audiences, take Isco, Reus and Gotze for examples. England can produce these types of young players that maybe are not getting a chance to show what they can do. Arsene Wenger nurtured Jack Wilshere into a midfield technician who many people would like to see play and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard got their opportunities to play in the English top flight for Liverpool and West Ham respectively. 

If the Premier League has more and more English players playing in the league there would be much less of a chance of the going abroad once they reach stardom. 

With more English internationals who are of a high quality, the Premier League will become more attractive and a more sought after league in terms of a player's desire to join it. The Bundesliga's success with now more far-reaching audiences wanting to watch it because of its home-grown young talent should be what the Premier League is aiming to do.

Although most rumours that are linking Bale and Suarez to Madrid are probably untrue, star players wanting to leave England because of the papparazzi or a club's ambition should not be taken lightly. 

As the Premier League signs a new television deal, many will be keeping their fingers crossed for star players such as Bale and Suarez to stay to make sure that the Premier League remains the most entertaining and most competitive league in the world.   

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