The question about his professionalism is an interesting one. I’ve never understood why he hasn’t bothered to learn Spanish if he wanted to stay at Madrid long term. His refusal to do that if I was his manager would infuriate me. It just shows a lack of commitment. I’m sure it’s probably because he’s too thick or can’t be bothered because he thinks he can get by without it. But it doesn’t really show much respect to his team mates.
You’d think it would be part of a player’s contract nowadays that they have to learn the language of the country they are playing in. If not and I was a club I would definitely make it a part of it.
It's a bit like Poch in his Southampton days.Funny that an actual team-mate says this....
"He knows Spanish perfectly, the thing is that he is too shy to use it, which seems normal to me.
"I speak with him in Spanish and English, without distinction. And I see that his commitment to the club is total. He is a Madrid fanatic and he has given everything for the club. He is a great player, I don't need to say it."
It's also been stated before that Spanish clubs retain your image rights income.I understand Hertyid’a point but this is not your average 30 year old. The guy is a superstar and has unbelievable quality
I still think we should be pushing for a two year loan.I understand Hertyid’a point but this is not your average 30 year old. The guy is a superstar and has unbelievable quality
I never got the point of it anyway. We got to match any bid made for him? Well so what, we don’t need a clause for that.I don't know why people keep mentioning the buy back clause tbh. The last contract he signed, and wages he now picks up, make this clause all but on paper meaningless.
I think one of the problems is he also lacks confidence to speak it out loud. But this gets perceived as if he doesn't put the effort in.That's a staged interview. His understanding of the language is clearly way better than his ability to think and reply. So he's sort of learned the language but should be pretty much fluent by now. I suspect he finds it hard on a daily basis.