Date:Sunday June 21 2009
The following was sent to Vital Manchester City from member, Wswilly3
Your adviser Kia Joorabchian has made it clear that you will not be staying at Manchester United and are now choosing between two Premier League teams - Manchester City and Chelsea. In making your final decision perhaps you should consider the following four points:
City are a team on the upward curve. They are the richest club in the world in terms of their financial backing and their owners have shown that they are prepared to fund their team to make them also the best football side in the world.
As you know that will take several years of incremental building but with players of your calibre joining and with others to follow we will certainly be able to be a top 4 side next year and we will be in a position to win the Premiership by 2011.
You would be a fundamental and founding part of this transformation and you would be joining a team with real ambition, real intent and with real financial clout - in fact far more financial clout than that of a Russian billionaire who periodically seems to go missing before interfering in team affairs as he did with his insistence in signing Shevchenko, and in rotating four managers in the last three years.
You are a world class player and you quite rightly require to be treated as such. Manchester United did not do this either on the pitch or in terms of contract negotiations and they have paid the price for this - lacking respect and too little too late probably best sums up their attitude.
At Manchester City you would find the total reverse of this - you would be a major part of the transformation that would achieve the high ambitions that the club have. You would be fundamental to the future and treated that way by the owners and the manager. You wouldn't be a bit part but a huge cog in the intent that the club have.
Would that be the same at Chelsea ?...ask Shaun Wright-Phillips who moved there for over £20million or Nicolas Anelka who is isn't sure when he will be in the first team or not. At Chelsea there would be a real possibility of you jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
All the City fans I know are desperate that you join but I don't exactly get that same feeling about the Chelsea hierarchy. You are talked about in terms of a group of players that might join them including Ribery, Torres, Villa and Alonso, not as a landmark signing.
At City you would instantly become a cult figure, as your skills and work rate are hugely admired, as would be the fact that you were prepared to move across the City to help achieve our stated ambitions.
Equally it is quite obvious that the owners and Mark Hughes are desperate for you to join as a landmark signing and you will ensure that you are paid at the highest level in our salary structure - not so at Chelsea, I fear, where you would be just another signing and paid much lower than their cult figures - John Terry and Frank Lampard. Does this sound familiar?
It is clear that you and your family like living in this country and are very happily settled in the North West of England. Why change house, schools and location to somewhere which mighty only be 200 miles away but is a world apart in terms of being a similar environment?
You know that from when you were at West Ham - so why put your family to all that inconvenience and risk?
We are told you are making your mind up in early July - whatever it is we will respect it, as clearly it is your decision but please make the informed, sensible one and join Manchester City for the reasons we have listed above. We are ever hopeful and are working on your chants as I speak!
Can the Manchester City board do everything in your power and sign him -NOW!
Date:Sunday June 21 2009
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