It has been a recurring theme over the years, whenever a player decides to move up the food chain there are always those who feel betrayed. The player is accused of lacking loyalty, only making decisions based on money not thinking about their present club and fans.
Just look at Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, but not much blame can be laid at the feet of these players. Blame it on the system. It is just simply the way things work. When a club signs a player, it is always a business decision, one made with the aim of improving the quality of a club's playing staff.
If the said player turns out to be a flop, the club wouldn't hesitate to sell him to the highest bidder anywhere as they try to recoup their losses. If successful the club will likely offer the player a new deal.
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The decisions made are always made with the club's interest at heart. If the club are in a situation of financial difficulty, usually the club sells the player for as much profit as possible.
In recent years, Real Madrid have been prominent in the transfer market. They have made the most expensive signings and the most expensive sales.
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Recall Gareth Bale, the Welshman was signed for a world record fee. The reason why the club pushed for the transfer was based on the fact that they saw him as a player who would improve the club's playing staff and also boost the club's revenue with income from merchandise sales.
To make space for their extravagant signing, the Madrid based club sold Angel di Maria who was arguably the club's best player the previous season. Not much consideration was taken into the player's interest.
Take a closer look at Raheem Sterling's career and you would notice a trend. He is a player who has always made decisions for the sake of his career. He joined Liverpool at a very young age as they offered the fastest route to the top of the game.
Yes, Liverpool gave him his senior debut, but it's not like they did it as a favour to the young star. He broke into Liverpool's line up because of his talent and hard work. He was simply the best option at the club when he was starting games.
Yes! the club showed faith in him when they gave him a first team chance but it simply was the best decision for the club at the time. They needed better than they were getting from the players starting ahead of him at the time and chose to go with him.
For all the noise been made by Liverpool supporters and affiliates (he has been called toxic and a money grabber) they got £45m for a 20 year old making him the most expensive at that age in the history of football.
Liverpool have gotten as much as they can out of the deal and if Raheem Sterling is getting a 5 year £180,000 per week deal and his agent pockets £2m pounds then no harm has been done. He shouldn't be vilified in any way.
The loyalty card is one which is used in modern football only when it favours the user. No club buys a player because of loyalty and no club holds on to a player because of loyalty. Players should not be expected to play by different rules.