Play­ers have to be loyal to their con­tracts


The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

As the Pre­mier League sea­son kicks off, the trans­fer sagas in­volv­ing Messrs Rooney, Bale and Suarez roll on. Still there is no cer­tainty about where the three will play their football this sea­son.

It seems as though they all want to move. It seems as if their cur­rent clubs are de­ter­mined to hold them un­der con­tract.

There has been so much de­bate about the three sit­u­a­tions, each of which has rum­bled on in a slightly dif­fer­ent way.

There is an is­sue that sits right at the heart of each saga, how­ever. It re­lates to where the power ought to lie in th­ese sit­u­a­tions.

I al­ways see that an­swer very sim­ply; if any player, God for­bid, were to suf­fer a se­ri­ous in­jury, then his club would be re­quired to hon­our his con­tract and pay him his wages.

That be­ing so, un­less that club de­cides that it wants to ac­cept an of­fer to sell a player, we should all start com­ing to­gether to give the clubs back the power when un­wanted of­fers to buy play­ers come to the fore.

We all un­der­stand that Gareth Bale might want to sign for Real Madrid. But he was happy to sign a long term deal at Spurs when he signed it. So un­less Spurs choose to sell him, I strongly be­lieve he should stay. And be grate­ful that his club so gen­er­ously rewarded him when he ac­cepted their of­fer.

We all seem to un­der­stand why play­ers feel that they want to move on.

But I truly be­lieve that loy­alty to con­tracts agreed should be re­stored to the val­ues that ‘football united’ stands for.

BE GRATE­FUL: Gareth Bale

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