I have no particular desire to see this guy make it to a full decade of mediocrity. Despite our defensive woes I would happily see him going tomorrow because he is part of the problem - both with the defence and the wider culture. Just another pampered player who has showed glimpses of being a good player for periods but has consistently had disasters month after month after month which have cost us. Has largely been better than whoever has played alongside him, but that isn't saying much when that has been the likes of Squillaci, Djourou, Silvestre, Mertesacker or Mustafi. To the extent that he was ever a desirable option to have, that absolutely hasn't been the case since he had that nasty injury last year.
But fuck me after milking us for nearly a decade and having a cushy ride, he's publicly throwing his toys out of the pram because he thinks we shouldn't be demanding any money for him so that he can crawl back into whatever Ligue 1 swamp he came from.
IWWW8 saying he risks ruining his legacy. Would 100% agree if the bloke had a great legacy, not a long trail of mediocrity.
Glad the club released a clear statement and frankly I hope we fucking hang him out to dry. I would fine the prick all of the wages possible, let him rot training with the kids (and fine him if he doesn't turn up) and then sell him for pittance in the last week of the window.