We all know that footballers haven’t always been the most loyal of human beings. Yet three of this summer’s transfer sagas have really gone to show the lack of faith and trustworthiness in the modern day player.
Let's start with Cesc Fabregas. Not much can be said just right now but what we do know is that the Spanish midfielder is the subject of heavy interest from Manchester United.
Barcelona have made it very clear that he is not for sale and they expect Fabregas to stay in Catalonia. Yet the Spaniard has not ruled out a move to Old Trafford and has in fact to some extent expressed an interest in leaving for the Premier League champions.
Now if we go back to 2011 when Fabregas made his emotional move from Arsenal to his boyhood Barcelona, it was at that time that the ex-Gunner claimed that the only other move he would make after his time at Barcelona, would be a return to the Emirates.
However, should the Spaniard move to Old Trafford, it would not only mean that what he had previously said was a lie, he would also be joining his beloved Arsenal’s arch rivals – following in the footsteps of Robin Van Persie. Again, as of yet we are to hear what Fabregas truly wants in this moment in time.
The second player in point also involves Manchester United, as they fight to hold onto Wayne Rooney. Everyone knows that Rooney hasn’t been the most loyal of players down the years.
Who could forget the infamous “once a blue, always a blue” statement he made, soon before joining United from Everton. In addition, this isn’t the first time he has publicly told United of his intentions to leave.
In fairness to Rooney, his first team position at Old Trafford has been under question since the arrival of Van Persie. However, with the new manager in place of whom he has worked under previously, the England striker clearly has a chance to prove himself under the new set-up.
Yet this is clearly against his wish, with interest and a bid coming from Stamford Bridge – Rooney well may be wearing blue again soon.
So we come to the chief culprit of this summer: Luis Suarez. Whatever the outcome of the Uruguayan’s transfer drama, the headlines will be dominated despite the striker missing for the opening six games of the Premier League (if he remains in England).
The obvious interest has come from Arsenal, coming in with two bids including their elaborate £40,000,001 offer, which has opened a can of worms at Anfield.
Liverpool have, as expected, rubbished away any speculation linking Suarez away from Anfield, yet it is well known that the Uruguayan wants out. And one major reason why the striker is keen to leave is because of the British media supposedly targeting him.
This therefore raises the question; why choose to move to another British club? Real Madrid have also shown an interest and would prove the more appropriate move for the Uruguayan if he were to leave at all.
As it stands, Luis Suarez is training and taking part in Liverpool’s pre-season tour as the Reds do their best to convince the Uruguayan to stay. Everyone at the club has supported the striker during his controversial time in England, and Brendan Rodgers rightfully claimed that Suarez owed the club for that by showing some loyalty of his own.
As with all the transfer sagas that add to the drama of the pre season window, time will tell who will be where come September 1. These three examples however illustrate the lack of loyalty that the modern day footballer portrays.
To back this up, some may wonder why Suarez and Rooney in particular haven’t handed in transfer requests. The simple reason is because that if they were to do just that, they would miss out on their loyalty bonus engraved in their contract. It is fair to say footballers are now bigger than their clubs.
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