With a disgruntled Samir Nasri threatening to push forward a move from the Emirates, reportedly to fierce rivals Manchester United, Carlos Tevez vowing never to return to Manchester, an ongoing battle to keep Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal and Wayne Rooney’s mid season tantrum, are the modern day stars of our beloved game losing respect for the sport itself or just exercising common sense?
“There’s nothing to do in Manchester. There are two restaurants. Everything’s small. It rains all the time. You can’t go anywhere. There comes a moment when you say, where am I gonna go with my family? And you begin to feel bad….I will not return to Manchester. Not for vacation, not anything.” Quote Carlos Tevez on an Argentinean chat show last week.
Tevez has had something of a strange career thus far. Being owned by an investment group and not solely a club surely raises difficulties when making a switch, but that hasn’t prevented the Argentinean from moving clubs, nevertheless controversially. He joined West Ham United in 2006 after stating that he refused to play for his then current club Corinthians and wanted a move to England.
Impressing in his first year, he switched to Manchester United in a deal reported to be worth £20 million, only £2 million of which West Ham received, the rest going to the sports investment group that owns his signature and rights. A year later and United offered his buy out of £25.5 million in order to secure Tevez on a permanent deal only for the Argentine to refuse the offer, signing for bitter rivals Manchester City for a fee claimed to be around £47 million. Now the 2010/11 season has come to a close and the current City captain has stated that he will never return to Manchester.
Where Tevez will end up next is something of a mystery. Will he return to Argentina or Brazil, or is a big money move to Spain on the cards? But more pertinent a question is whether the top class forward is as greedy as he seems or simply a great product, being used over and over again by a company to generate profit. Surely if he really wasn’t too fond of the English weather, food or attractions for his family to enjoy he wouldn’t have stayed here this long.
More debate surrounds Arsenal. Samir Nasri has seemingly stalled contract negotiations over a reported extra £20,000 per week. The club have offered him a new deal worth only £90,000 per week. This is a huge amount of money, and as we all know many great footballers receive hefty weekly sums to play at the top level, but is Nasri actually stalling for the increase in wages or perhaps instead having second thoughts about Arsenal’s future trophy prospects.