His recent contract negotiations, or lack of, have put the likes of Manchester United on red alert. United are in the market for a creative midfield talent, and would have to fork out considerably less for Nasri, what with his contract up next year at Arsenal, than the likes of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan. Could this decision not simply be that Nasri wants to push through a move.
He is certainly a recognised talent and with reports that United have now made the Frenchman their top priority this summer could it not be construed as common sense instead of greed that he wants to move to a club that are constantly winning trophies, and have been the most successful English side of recent times.
Fabregas’ situation, which is bound to re-emerge this summer, could also run with the same argument. He is a great player, and has been phenomenal at Arsenal, but how can the Spaniard resist a move to his home town to play for arguably the best club football team in history. The 24 year old has been a regualr in the Arsenal squad since his arrival from Barcelona in 2003 as a 16 year old, by 18 becoming a key player in the first team, and thus has shown solid commitment to the club that brought his talent to the world stage. Maybe it is only fair to allow him to move on.
In regards to Wayne Rooney, his 2010/11 season only really took off after requesting a transfer and subsequently securing a pay rise and a new deal with Manchester United. Was this tantrum a product of his publicised post duty activities, an attack on United’s somewhat weakly perceived squad and transfer funds, or was it actually a well thought out strategy to secure the increased wage demands?
Rooney may have seemed somewhat greedy to United fans, as Nasri and Fabregas may do to supporters of Arsenal, but perhaps the England international cares a great deal about his career and actually did need reassurances about the future transfer and financial policy of his current club. After all a career in top flight football is reasonably short term, with most players lasting around only ten years in a situation where they receive regular appearances in the first team at a successful club. Perhaps spectators of the world of football should empathise with the players occasionally. Obviously this is difficult to do when they’re picking up £100,000 plus per week however sometimes, just sometimes, they may actually be thinking about their careers and not their wallets.
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