There are two main reasons why I know that the world of football is very quiet at the moment. One is that I write about football on a daily basis and, international match preparation/fall-out aside, there has been very little news compared to our normal bombardment for the past week. The second reason is that the Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid speculation has started once again.
After the tiring marathon of a transfer saga in the summer, you could have been forgiven for thinking you were now safe until at least January but apparently not. So who is the no good hack dragging this all up again because he has nothing better to write? It is none other than Bernd Schuster.
If you thought widespread condemnation of Real’s ‘name a player you want, tell the media the player you want, promise the fans you will sign the player you want, keep talking to the media about that player until you get him’ transfer policy had caused them to have a rethink, then you need to have a rethink.
This time it is the coach himself who has been engaging in a little game of public tapping up. The German claimed it would be “complicated” for Manchester United to keep hold of their star winger through another summer of the Spanish giants relentlessly sniffing round his crotch.
Schuster said: “We must do everything possible as it would be worth it to have this player. I think this year it will be a little complicated for his club to hang on to him.”
And the Real Madrid coach did not even let his position as THE PURCHASER, NOT THE SELLER, prevent him from speculating that the asking price for Ronaldo would probably have dropped by next summer, when Schuster thinks he will get his man.
He continued: “There is no other solution other than to make a large bid as they’ll not let him go on the cheap. Next year the price could be a little lower.”
It is reassuring to at least know that the arrogance that we have come to expect from Real Madrid’s transfer market games run throughout the club. Often the accusations that are thrown around are directly aimed at president Ramon Calderon and his desperate electioneering. But it seems even relative newcomers such as Schuster can succumb to Real’s snobbish ways.
It is not very often that it is worthwhile incorporating a dictionary definition into a post, but this Wiktionary definition of arrogance seems to perfectly encapsulate Real Madrid’s transfer policy: “The act or habit of arrogating, or making undue claims in an overbearing manner; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation, or power, or which exalts the worth or importance of the person to an undue degree; proud contempt of others; lordliness; haughtiness; self-assumption; presumption.”
Ironically, if ever there was a player suited to this environment…