Players have to be loyal to their contracts
THEYWERE HAPPY TO SIGN
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