Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Paper Round: Suarez and Rooney both to stay put

3:15 AM Posted by Moto Musashi , No comments

Luis Suarez will stay at Liverpool and may even sign a new contract at Anfield, while Manchester United have taken the decision to keep Wayne Rooney, no matter how much Chelsea offer - here are the main transfer stories making headlines in today's papers.

Liverpool to keep Suarez: The Daily Mirror reports that Suarez has told a high-profile Latin American journalist he will not leave Liverpool. The journo, Martin Chaquero, said that it is "likely" Suarez will sign an extension to his current contract at Anfield, despite having agitated for a move to Arsenal all summer long.
Paper Round's view: By all accounts, this is a journalist of some repute and his words should not be taken lightly. Perhaps Suarez has finally realised that he cannot force a move through if the club digs in their heels - as John W Henry indicated last week. Let's hope if he does pen a new deal with Liverpool, there is somewhat more clarity over certain clauses contained within.
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United will not sell Rooney to Chelsea: A Guardian exclusive claims that United have taken a "top-level" decision that Rooney will not be sold to Chelsea, "no matter how much money is offered or whatever the potential risks of keeping an unhappy player". The report adds that the hard-line stance is irreversible and that even if Rooney hands in a transfer request or goes public with his desire to quit Old Trafford, the club will keep him. Manager David Moyes will ask United fans to recognise Rooney's contribution over the last nine years and refrain from making their displeasure known when he returns to the team, the paper says.
Paper Round's view: The Guardian is usually a reliable source, so if this is true, are we witnessing the beginning of the demise of player power? With Rooney and Suarez both frustrated in their efforts to leave their respective clubs, perhaps those reports last week of the Glazer family and Liverpool's American owners teaming up to make a stand against contract-breaking players were indeed on the money.

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