Cesc Talks World Cup While Others Talk His Future
Cesc has resisted the temptation to discuss his future preferring to hope that he is involved in tomorrow’s World Cup final. It must be incredibly frustrating for him to have witnessed possession football that yielded little result in the group phase, only to see his opportunity in the semi-final given to Pedro and the pace of the Spanish team go up a notch.
It seems that Cesc is unlikely to be more than a substitute unless injuries strike beforehand. Many have commented that this World Cup has given him a taste of what awaits if he joins Barcelona. The flip side of the coin is that he knows if he displaces Xavi or Iniesta at Barcelona, he does so in the national team as well.
He did mention Arsenal though in a positive light:
It is great for us and it is great for Arsenal to have two players at the World Cup final. It is a little strange too… Arsenal are back in training getting ready for the new season and we are out here still finishing the last season.
Barely stifling a laugh,he gently rubbed it in the noses of those whose World Cups never started or ended prematurely:
I know where I prefer to be and I’m sure that goes for Robin, too.
A world renowned expert in chatting sh1t, Xavi has begun to admit defeat ungraciously:
I am not sure if Cesc will move this summer although I know he wants to. Arsenal cannot keep hold of him for more than another 12 months. His heart and his head is in Barcelona and it would make sense for them to sell him now.
They could then use the money on a player, or players, who want to be at the club long term, rather than keep a player whose heart is somewhere else, no matter how good he is.
From a position of arrogance, Xavi has been reduced to a rather pitiful whine. Yet I should not mock for his expertise in medical science knows no boundaries. His previously displayed ambitions in the field of DNA have masked his abilites in psychology and cardiology. What a truly amazing guy.
There is an element of truth in his words about player retention and replacement. Commitment is an issue in modern football, or rather the complete lack of it. To suggest that Cesc will be less committed to Arsenal next season does the player a gross disservice. Everything about the player tells you he is a proud man and a winner. To slacken off in terms of effort is inconsistent with those traits. Even though I still think he will leave, were he to stay I would not suggest he will give anything less than his best.
The problem for Cesc is that Rosell has backed himself into a corner, noting publicly and consistently that the price is too high. It will only go higher if a Premier League title is under his belt; stratospheric if the Champions League is there.
The transfer gossip this summer has been more selfish and brat-like. There’s a lot more of the “I want my own way on my own terms” from clubs and players alike. It’s always been the case but that was more of an unwritten assumption. Not any more.
Take Barcelona for example. And I for one would be happy to take them and dump them in the biggest pile of guano the world has ever seen. Still they order Arsenal around, telling them it is “now or never”, we want a definitive “yes or no” so that planning for their team can be completed before their pre-season tour starts on August 2nd. I am absolutely certain, that Arsenal gave them that answer on June 2nd. Indeed, they did so right here. Resolutely.
Now the patronising media-obsessed “leaders” of the club are telling the world that they are going to stalk Arsene and Ivan in South Africa, meet them and get the definitive answer to the €40m question. Here’s a clue: follow the link above.
But this is New Barcelona, that is the message they want to convey. The one that replaced the old, nasty Laporta era. “We want to be your friends” is said with the sincerity of an evil clown in a horror movie, just before he slashes the victim into millions of pieces.
And still the implied threats come from their media puppets. About how the chatter from players will not stop; the meetings behind Arsenal’s back will continue. Sadly, Barcelona officials have been too ‘cute’ to admit it but now the media has ‘confirmed’ that meetings are taking – or have taken – place, the initial detective work has been done for any complaint to Fifa.
However, once the World Cup is over, Cesc has no place to hide, no reason not to talk about his future and I doubt he will be allowed to rest until he states clearly his desire, no matter how unpalatable that may be for Arsenal supporters. The ‘get out clauses’ for him are already in place:
It is flattering that Barcelona want me but it is a matter for Arsenal to decide. I have never denied my desire to return home one day but until Arsenal decide to sell me, I remain committed to the club.
None of which contradicts his previous stances but nor will it staunch the flow of the media.
Felipe Melo‘s Mr15% telling the world that the player will sort out his future in15 days. Having told everyone that “no-one from Arsenal has picked up the phone“, he proceeded to infer that they had better get their cules (yes I know that it means cabbages but the urban nickname is so much more fitting) in gear and make an offer. Might be a long wait.
The world of football is rapidly becoming more protozean.