In modern day football, it's not uncommon for a player to completely boycott his team in order to push through a transfer.
Not only is this a clear middle finger to the employers who pay the wages each week and probably have done for a few years, but it's wrong on a moral level as well.
As the levels of money increase in football, so seemingly does the player power. Whereas once the club who owned a footballer had the choice to accept or decline offers as they wish, now it seems it is at the whim of the player in question to decide where his future lies, regardless of the paperwork he may have signed in the past.
This summer transfer window has proved no exception in terms of showcasing how prone high-profile players are to kicking up a stink when they don't get their way. The likes of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney have all threatened to go on strike if their clubs prevent them from leaving, and in the case of Bale, actually went through with the action.
I can completely understand, and sympathise, with the fact that a player can be unhappy when told his dream move may not come to fruition, but at the same time I'm firmly of the opinion that a player should exercise complete professionalism, happy or no, when it comes to application to the club he is contracted to.
In any other profession in the world, even in the lower echelons of the footballing leagues, it's not only unacceptable to refuse to do your job based on the grounds that you want to move away, but completely ludicrous. Whilst I agree that perhaps being a lawyer desiring to change law firms isn't quite on the same level as being a footballer wanting to move to another club, the principles and basic rules remain the same.
Though it may be argued that keeping a player at a club against his will is hindering his freedom, one should remember that at one point in time a contract was penned ensuring the commitment of the player in question to the team, and probably for a great deal of money too.
Players in the modern day and age hold far too much sway over their clubs, and refusing to train or play in order to force the hand of the manager or chairman is a practise that should be guarded against.
It may not be healthy to keep a player at a club when he wants to leave, nor beneficial to the consequent parties involved, but in my mind a player should be able to leave when either the contract he signs runs out, or the club that pay a small fortune for him to represent them each week decide they don't need him anymore.