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Not so long ago there was a regular furore every time it was revealed that a player had been directly approached by a club whilst under contract with a rival outfit.

Doubtless there'll be little or no reaction considering that two of the G14 elite clubs have already been at it to varying extents.

The Guardian revealed this weeks that it transpires Chelsea coach Frank Arnesen had approached the highly self rated Daniel Sturridge while still under contract with Manchester City.

Apparantly Carlos Tevez's contract at the Swamp expires at the end of the month and it'll be decision time over where he ends up, but it's no secret that while the player and his advisers/owners decide upon who to sign for Sir Taggart has been telephoning the striker repeatedly from his holiday home in France.

We've since learned that Carlos Ancellotti, Chelski's latest gaffer has alledgedly made a personal approach to the striker and nobody in the media bats an eyelid.

These approaches are becoming part and parcel of English football at the highest level. Surely they can't be good for the game.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 26 2009

Time: 5:55PM

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Surely anybody is allowed to talk to Tevez's representatives or Tevez himself with their permission as he is not owned by a club.
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26/06/2009 18:24:00

Tevez probably, but as Sturridge was in the last 6 months of his contract, isn't he allowed to discuss a move with all suitors? Baconface flounting the rules, is not even newsworthy....
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26/06/2009 18:33:00

I dunno. I understand Tevez is under rag contract until the end of the month but casting the net wider, there's Zinedine Zidane, working for Real Madrid as some sort of counsellor and he has been working on Bayern's Franck Ribery for some time. Personal opinion of course, but all seems a bit undignified. I must say I prefer the City no comment approach until suddenly springing a surprise!
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26/06/2009 18:36:00

People should be allowed to talk with tevez as he is owned by kia jorb... Etc. Not united. It seems rediculous that managers can bypass other clubs and go directly to players- surely this undermines authority, contracts and above all disrespects the entire transfer process. Tighter regulations need to be put into place or else you will see unsettled players destroying teams as they have done in the past.
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26/06/2009 18:41:00

Perfect example is unsettling Ribery and tearing apart the bayern squad.
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26/06/2009 18:42:00

Good article... Honestly never gave it much thought as I know it's always been a "gentlemen's agreement" of sorts and they all ignored it, sorta like Japan's 276hp limit of old...
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26/06/2009 18:59:00

Now I'd had a few seconds to reflect, I'm struggling to think of a player that Baconface hasn't probably tapped up! Making it all the sweeter, when Madrid shoved a similar bitter little pill down his Taggartesque gullet.... Cashley Cole getting caught with his pants down was my own personal favourite, insert Jose Mourhinho and/or some discoteque slapper at your own discretion...
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26/06/2009 19:01:00

You make a good point but the two examples you gave there's nothing wrong with them JB. Tevez is on loan at United... it's like say how we loaned out Ben Haim to Sunderland.. you ask us about a transfer not them... same with Tevez... you ask his owners and if they ok. As for Sturridge.. you are allowed to offer a contract to any player who has less than 6 months left on his contract. I agree with you in principle just not on the examples.
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26/06/2009 19:18:00

Sorry folks, but Manu smashed the rules once and for all when baconface kidnapped Berbatov from the airport, despite not having permission to speak to the player. If that little transgression is going to be allowed then the horse has well and truly bolted. I would like to mention that I also hold Tottensham partly culpable, as they could have raised one or two objections surely? Would like to know what little seetener Manu offered them to shut up. And don't tell me it was Frazier "red-card" Campbell, cause I've just eaten and that much laughing will give me indigestion.
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26/06/2009 22:23:00


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