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Let's Have a Laugh At Chelsea, Citeh And Real

This transfer window was mostly annoying, boring and tiresome. Endless speculation, crazy rumours and dire predictions. However, at the end it turned into a very amusing one.

Let's start with Real Madrid. They've been pursuing Ronaldo long and hard and in the process alienated one of the best performers of their last league campaign, Robinho, who was rumoured to be part of Real's offer for Ronaldo.

In the end, Ronaldo was convinced to stay while a 'tearful' Robinho handed in a transfer request. That is a massive slap in the face for Calderon who wasn't very successful with his transfer promises anyway: he had vowed to bring Kaka, Fabregas and Ronaldo to the Bernabeu. Remind me, which one plays there?

Now, Chelsea step into the light. They were absolutely convinced that Robinho would end up at Stamford Bridge and with good reason as the Brazilian expressed his desire to join Chelsea on many occasions. Kenyon and his team even put an ad on their website, letting visitors know that they can now order Chelsea-shirts with the name Robinho on it.

Then of course our ever ambitious little (bitter) neighbours stepped forward and made a bigger bid in the last minute which Real accepted. And Abramovich either could not respond or did not want to - but he ended up being outbid by Citeh and lost his and his manager's primary transfer target to a mid-table team who barely scraped into the next round of the UEFA Cup.

Now, it was a massive coup from City and their first major success since... well, historians will tell us. 32 years is my guess. Having said that, most of them are respectably cautious and not getting carried away by their new-found wealth.

However, I must laugh at their owners as well. They put in bids for about 273 players on transfer deadline day if reports are to be believed and all of them were turned down bar the Robinho bid. Their success in prising away Robinho, however, should not blind their judgment: they must know that the Brazilian was desperate to leave Real and as the club accepted just the one bid his hand was forced.

Yet this current City team is not good enough to reach the top four, not even with Robinho and Kompany. And they will find out that it's very difficult to attract top-quality players as those will usually choose the Champions League over the big money.

And now, the biggest laugh. Talking about big money, the Arabians confidently announced that they are prepared to offer Ł135m for Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, Fergie could sign a whole team from that so it would not be a bad business for us - but do these guys use their brain?

Ronaldo wanted to leave because a) his agent was bothering him to do so, b) because Real Madrid were his boyhood dream or something and c) he's won everything he could at England. This one is the most important.

What would be the point of joining City for him? If he wants to stay in England and in Manchester then he will stay at United because though he's not the world's greatest thinker, he's not entirely stupid. Big money is enough to lure him to Spain or Italy but to another part of Manchester, to wear an uglier shirt of a smaller, less successful team? They're having a laugh.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008

Time: 9:55PM

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Don't be cruel, you know it's not fair
Red Wimp
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03/09/2008 22:27:00

You are, of course, wrong that Chelsea 'advertised' Robinho shirts. They did nothing of the sort.
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03/09/2008 22:41:00

Say what Euroblue?? ..... LMFAO!!
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03/09/2008 22:59:00

The business of the shirts was a monumental bllx by CFC's agents who manage the shop - undoubtedly they have been told, equally undoubtedly, if inadvertently, they saved us from what would have been a risky signing IMO. Like the writer, I find it hard to see who would join a club not in the CL, they will have to take the long route, much as CFC did from Hoddle onwards, people forget that we had had a reasonable measure of success in cups and in moving up the league before Abramovic's cash helped us to the next level.
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03/09/2008 23:41:00

You guys are mad gimps
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04/09/2008 03:12:00

Hmm I wonder how it'll feel if City do the double over you again and Chelsea win the League and you're dumped out of the CL by Real... If it happens now, you've only yourself to blame for tempting fate...
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04/09/2008 03:18:00

let see who the joke is on at the end of the season.remember ronaldo will go to real anyway so dont triumphant so soon.
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04/09/2008 04:16:00

You guys are going to know how it feels all your fans were crying..we dont like ronaldo he wants to leave us...were £600m in debt lol come back when your not so badly in debt
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04/09/2008 04:32:00

Your comebacks are that we're in debt? What club isnt? The most important thing is making the necessary payments and on time which are comfortably doing. So you come back when you have the double, better the CL!
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04/09/2008 06:14:00

kaybee - I won't reply to yours because you and every other fan with that hope, will just look stupid and i'm sure of that!
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04/09/2008 06:16:00

Yeah yeah, just gloat it up Manure. Like kaybee says, we'll see who's chuckling in May! Typical Manure fans, not enough to be pleased that you mugged the spuds for the player you wanted, but fulla beans about our misfortune. But the truth is, even without that Brazilian Robben, we still have the strongest squad in the league, with the most depth. And you know it!
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04/09/2008 11:08:00

hey...if you ask me, let ronaldo go. for 100-135 mill, i'm sure we'll find a couple of "decent" players to replace him so that we wont miss him.
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04/09/2008 18:47:00

yes i don't see the point in gloating, we've got ronaldo still, but for how long, im hoping man utd can continue to be successful, yes we've got the history and won the most in recent years, but its about the present, liverpool are the most successful english club evident with their fans clinging onto their past but its all about now. and to the chelsea fans, its hardly something to be proud of having the strongest depth squad because a russian billionnaire stepped in and gave you a bankroll. football is about passion and its being ruined as is this world by money. i feel ill.
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04/09/2008 18:55:00

Those who reside in glass houses should be carefull when throwing bricks.....manc tossers.
Blue is the colour
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04/09/2008 22:56:00

BITC, tell that to TheShevchenkoGoal. I remmber something about you lot being in a "tad" debt too.
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05/09/2008 17:35:00

Might as well as everybody 's been laughing at you for years.
Tiny T
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05/09/2008 18:30:00

I think you underestimate City's new bosses at your peril. Money can't buy you instant success, but the January window will see several key moves into the team no doubt, probably enough to get top 4 if Arsenal and Liverpool continue to look shaky, and then next summer the fun begins. I think City would be best to avoid purchasing players from either Chelsea OR United, it would only line your pockets if the silly fees they are talking about are paid. I do hope this signals the collapse of Arsenal as a competitive force though.
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07/09/2008 02:08:00

City may not be good enough to crack the top-4 just yet , but imho they are certainly in the "Next 4" after their latest moves. Come Jan or pre next season & their manager (a shrewd cookie methinks) will sign-up the missing peices in his estimation and make a run at the top-4 next season.
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08/09/2008 06:58:00

All worked out pretty well for us in the end :) but I was so, so worried that Berbatov wouldn't be allowed to leave Tottenham, or worse, go to City... we'd never hear the end of it in derbies!
Man utd champions
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08/09/2008 16:41:00

Made me laugh to see Robinho go to City instead of Chelsea, but to be fair, I'm not too sure how good he actually is. I've heard a lot of criticism. Just City trying to make a point, I guess.
Man utd champions
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08/09/2008 16:42:00

Do you think it was Sparky who wanted to sign Berbatov? Can't really see him wanting to wind his former manager up like that. I think it was more the owners' doing.
Man utd champions
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08/09/2008 16:43:00

...which would mean he has no control of transfers, dear oh dear!
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08/09/2008 17:28:00

true, but would you argue over the board bringing in europes elite. can picture it now "no no guys don't get berbatov...'
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08/09/2008 18:51:00


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