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So Do You Only Think About Money Gael?

If ever there was proof that footballers need to shut the f*** up and concentrate on football, it was given to us yesterday when Gael Clichy signed for Manchester City.

Players have the tools to talk to the media and fans 24/7 these days, and man do they use it, sometimes to good effect, but most of the time it`s mindless babble, that often comes back to bite them in the arse.

In 2009 Gael Clichy said this about Man City`s spending spree and what he thought about those who signed for them.

'I really believe if you are a player who thinks only about money then you could end up at Manchester City.'

'You have to think if you want to play for a big club and have your image or if you want to play for a good club and earn big money.'

'When you ask someone to move for something like £300,000 a week it is just crazy.'

I take it you changed your mind then Gael :)

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 5 2011

Time: 6:07AM

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Things change. People change. Clubs change. Its more likely he's moving now because he wants to win trophies.
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05/07/2011 07:47:00

People change - You're right, Gael went from caring about football to caring about money. According to his own words at least :)
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05/07/2011 07:51:00

Maybe he just wanted to be at a club with a chance of challenging for the title?
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05/07/2011 07:54:00

Only thing is Rocky he's not earning anywhere near the type of ridiculous money he's talking about above, according to the most sensationalist of sensationalists the S*n he signed a contract worth £65,000 a week, still high but comparably very low. If true it kind of makes your argument fall flat on it's face.
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05/07/2011 07:57:00

There's no way anyone can know how much he's on! Anyway, I'm just poking a little fun .... and pointing out that it does well for footballers to shut up and not comment on other teams.
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05/07/2011 07:58:00

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05/07/2011 08:14:00

"that it does well for footballers to shut up and not comment on other teams" Can't argue with that.
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05/07/2011 08:25:00

In honesty I'd say Gael didn't really move for the money, he's a player I always liked, seems like a really nice guy, I can't wish him well because he plays for City, but I wish him good health and happiness when he leaves you. lol
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05/07/2011 08:59:00

I wonder if Bluedub and SBSS can tell why Mancini and all the Citeh resources can't seem to be able to hold down Tevez. The man is angling for a move; again.
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05/07/2011 12:19:00

He never stopped angling for a move Naja. Your guess is as good as mine, he's either being genuine and it's about doing what's best for his family, or which I suspect, himself and his agent are trying to get one last massive pay day from another European club before he *****s off back to Argentina.
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05/07/2011 12:37:00

He's a bellend. And its time to go. 2 restaurants in Manchester. Honestly. he's obviously not been to Rusholme.
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05/07/2011 13:12:00

Anyone who knows Tevez from his early days in Argentina & then to Brazil's Serie A is very familiar with his attitude. He's never satisfied, never happy. I don't even think that will end when he finally returns to Argentina to be close to his family. While at Corinthians he was forever complaining about missing his home, not knowing Portuguese, not knowing what to do in Sao Paulo, etc. That's Sao Paulo, ffs! A huge city of 25 million people full of many different types of restaurants, lots of Argentines living there, lots of Argentine restaurants, night clubs & bars, and other businesses. His inability to get used to understanding Portuguese always amazed people. Spanish-speaking South Americans have little trouble understanding Portuguese (& vice versa) regardless of education level. Even the most illiterate peasant can understand 2/3s of ordinary casual conversation. My aunt who started working as a domestic maid at the age of 10 & is functionally illiterate can understand most of Spanish casual conversation. Brazilian clubs are full of players from Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, etc. with little trouble communicating in & understanding Portuguese. That's why I've always thought Tevez' brain capacity is one of the lowest I've ever seen among footballers. Plus he's just never happy. I don't think he'll remain a footballer for very long, frankly. I don't think he enjoys being a footballer. I think he's even lost his enjoyment of playing the game. And he hates all the trappings that come with it (except the money of course).
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05/07/2011 13:20:00

As for Clichy, my feelings are all over the map. On the one hand I've had my doubts about his performances in the last couple of yrs & wondered if he wasn't becoming a liability. On the other, he's still a very fine LB & there really aren't many top class affordable & available LBs around-neither in the PL nor elsewhere in Europe. Hell, there aren't many top class LBs in all of Europe who are NOT available for signing. I just know his departure makes me sad and I'm not as complacent about it as some gooners appear to be.
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05/07/2011 13:23:00

With Mancini's emphasis on defence, here's betting that Clichy goes on to look a great LB a la Cashley at Chavski under Mourinho.
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05/07/2011 13:58:00

Cashley was a superb left back for us was already being labelled the world's best left back during his time with us. He had a more defensive minded left winger and central midfielders in front of him during his tenure at our club.
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05/07/2011 14:45:00

Vin, wouldn't surprise me in the least if Mancini coached Clichy into a player less prone to error
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05/07/2011 16:26:00

A more defensive minded left winger? Wasn't that Robert Pires? lol
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05/07/2011 16:43:00

Clichy is a fine LB and will thrive in the City defensive set up, especially as he will not have that weight of expectation (the kind that reminds him he was one of the invincibles and longest serving player and all that) on him. I feel as well that Mancini can bring out the best in him. I can admit, on this site only, that I hate to see him leave...and for a rival side. I hope he reserves his worst game side for matches against us. That will be wishful thinking, eh.
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05/07/2011 19:39:00

For him to say he is joining City to win trophies leaves a sour taste, though; well, at least, the media are putting that all too familiar negative spin to the statement. Surely, he can't be suggesting he hasn't won trophies at the Arsenal after being a member of the '04 invicibles side and winning the FA cup in '05 with the club. At 18 years, he was once the youngest player to win a PL medal, which is an accolade to cherish; so, it couldn't be about trophies for him as he has won more trophies with Arsenal than City has had in 34 years (or so).
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05/07/2011 19:49:00

Reading between the lines Naija, I think Clichy is suggesting he's more chance of winning things at City than he does under the current Arsenal set-up. I'm quite glad that not all Arsenal fans are slating him for being a mercenary and can appreciate what he did for your club, but with the levels of uncertainty surrounding your best players, your ownership and the unrest developing amongst your fans, I suspect he won't regret leaving you.
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05/07/2011 20:15:00

Rocky, when we compare Pires to Arshavin its clear which player covers for his left wing back more!
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06/07/2011 06:17:00

FCB, unless you are the chain smoking oracle as featured in The Matrix, you cant predict what Clichy will end up feeling.
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06/07/2011 06:23:00

FCB, the fact your Sugar Daddy owners are willing to pay silly money to players would not make all of your team mercenaries, would it? City gave the best offer; he moves to City; City pays; everyone is happy. Period. "Unrest", "uncertainty".... Uncertainty is not knowing when ur owners Well will run dry and he may not be willing to keep investing big on every player with a reputation. Unrest is what will happen with your fanbase when realization dawns on you.
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06/07/2011 08:21:00

I think Clichy will last about 1 year at Citeh before some other bright and shiny toy comes along and he ends up playing in Carling Cup games alongside Roque Santa Cruz and Shay Given.
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06/07/2011 08:54:00

Naija - you're wasted on here mate. Your comedy stylings surely deserve a much larger audience.
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06/07/2011 12:29:00

Although I am unhappy that he went to City, has everyone forgotten the countless mistakes that Clichy made during the course of last season and before? Good riddance I think
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07/07/2011 09:56:00


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