With the news of Gareth Bale's refusal to turn up to Tottenham training after interest from Real Madrid, and a number of other high profile recent examples of player dissent, the question begs; have players got too much power over clubs?
In recent seasons, many clubs have been left seemingly powerless victims as their players agitate for moves to other sides by throwing tantrums and refusing to train or play matches.
And despite players constantly claiming that these moves are fuelled by football matters and not just to line their wallets further, there can be no escaping the fact that as the amount of money involved in the game has escalated, player power has got stronger. Coincidence?
Tottenham seem to be the latest club to feel the wrath of player power, as Gareth Bale has refused to turn up to training after becoming frustrated with the slow nature of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid.
The Welshman has been publicly courted all summer by the Spanish giants and as much as Spurs would like to keep their star man, they are ultimately powerless to stop Bale moving for a world record fee whether it happens before the transfer deadline or in the future.
This same old tired story has been seen at more or less every club in the Premier League, with Arsenal players seemingly always falling foul. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie have all, in recent seasons pushed as hard as they could in the hope of sealing their moves to Barcelona and Manchester's City and United, respectively.
This comes despite the club each time doing their utmost to ensure the player remained at the Emirates and categorically denying they would be sold, and has become a horrible recurring theme for the Gunners since they won their last trophy in 2005.
The only club that seem to have won in their fight against player power is Liverpool with the Luis Suarez saga, but that could still all change if the player's dream club Real Madrid come calling.
Arsenal's high-profile chase of the Uruguayan for the majority of the summer seemed to be working when Suarez publicly stated he wished to leave the Merseyside club to play Champions League football. However he was not able to exploit a clause in his contract which he believed allowed him to move if such a club were to come in for him and now, barring interest from an overseas club, he looks set to stay at Anfield.
However, this is only a rare victory for a club in the ever one-sided battle between them and their players, who despite being under contract, seem to have the power to do as they wish to force through moves.
Unfortunately this problem will only escalate as the amount of money pumped into the game continues to grow and the bigger sides will be able to lure players with increasing ease.
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