Wayne Rooney has signed a new contract with Manchester United just a few days after he released a statement saying that he was not going to sign up:
“I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”
This whole sorry saga reminds me somewhat of when John Terry flirted with Manchester City in order to get more money from Chelsea. There are certain obvious parallels, both players claim to love their clubs and are regular badge kissers, both players also toyed with leaving their beloved clubs simply because of money, as a result they showed a rank lack of respect to their supporters with their money wrangling tactics.
The Adebayor saga was slightly different, in that Adebayor openly pimped himself for a move whilst under contract with Arsenal, whether he was just angling for a new contract with Arsenal with these antics remains open to question, still there are some parallels with Rooney and Terry.
The difference between Rooney/Terry and Adebayor is that Arsenal fans showed that they have some morals by never forgiving Adebayor for his betrayal of the club. Chelsea fans pretended that Terry had done nothing wrong when he clearly had, maybe it would short circuit their empty heads to admit that John Terry was a complete and utter c*nt, I don't know. I suspect Manu fans will do the same, they will pretend that Wayne still loves the club and he has done nothing wrong, they will live in denial because it would be too painful for them to admit the truth, that Wayne Rooney is an truly despicable c*nt.
For me these three players represent what is worst about modern football, they have no loyalty or class, they are simply interested in money. All three players have disrespected both their clubs and supporters with some slug like behaviour, all three represent the unpleasant greed and avarice that is present in today's game. Chelsea fans have let themselves down by accepting this behaviour and I suspect Manchester United fans will do the same, these fans are partly responsible for this behaviour by effectively condoning it with their silent state of denial.
Adrian Durham thought that Arsenal fans cheering Eduardo on his return was a sad indictment on us, I think that precisely the opposite is true. Eduardo was a lovely character, he was so modest and always showed such humility, he also showed such courage and determination in times of serious pain and adversity, he was a rare example of cracking chap in a game so ruled by money and greed. I think that the rapturous applause received by Terry and Rooney from their own fans is a sad indictment and indicative of the lack of moral fibre in today's game, the fact that these supporters condone the moral bankruptcy of their own players speaks for itself. If Chelsea and Manchester United fans were to take a long hard look at their heroes and themselves, they may not like what they see, perhaps this is they prefer to live on in denial.