Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard are among the Premier League superstars who have tried to force a move away from the clubs who made them megastars and risked the wrath of their loyal supporters
Premier League stars including Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have risked the wrath of their loyal supporters in the past by trying to force a move away from the clubs who made them megastars.
While those two did late u-turns and remained at Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, there are players who make staying put an impossibility after burning bridges with staff and fans.
With some stars refusing to play and others trying to leave immediately after relegation, many of the most infamous transfer requests have not gone according to plan.
Brinkwire Sport have picked out 10 of the most notable transfer requests of the Premier League era, including Carlos Tevez at Manchester City and John Stones at Everton.
Wayne Rooney admitted to putting in a transfer request in order to join Manchester United from Everton in 2004, and handed in another one in 2010, but insisted he didn’t do so in 2013.
The most notable statement came in 2010 after he said that the club could not match his ambitions, but later back-tracked to sign a bumper extension with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney, who was heavily linked to Real Madrid, said at the time: “I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”
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Marko Arnautovic forced his way to West Ham from Stoke in 2017 by handing in a transfer request, and ended up leaving for Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG in 2019.
He left for an undisclosed fee having only months previously committed his future to the club.
He said last year: “I wanted to see [China] and get to know a different culture in my life.
“At the beginning you have to get to know the players, you need an interpreter because they don’t speak English. But they welcomed me really well. It took some getting used to.”
Pascal Chimbonda faced the wrath of Wigan boss Paul Jewell back in 2009 after he handed in a transfer request while still in his. Brinkwire presents summary news.