Date:Wednesday July 25 2007
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Heinze owes to the club and this led me think if the boss knows the date is 2007.
The Heinze-saga is now vying with the Tevez-case for the most boring and protracted summer transfer's award. It actually has a good chance.
While Liverpool keep pressing for Gaby's signature, United hold onto him at all costs it seems. Fergie has now started another chord, that of loyalty.
'He is still our player and that is the most important thing,' Ferguson told Sky Sports News.
'He still has two-years left on his contract and I think we have stood by Gaby very well.
'He had his cruciate knee operation, we looked after him and we let him him do his rehabilitation in Spain which he wanted to do.
'We conducted ourselves in a way that suited Gaby perfectly and he was delighted the way we looked after him.
'I think if we take away the agent's role in this I don't think there is an awful lot wrong with Gaby's position at the club.'
That's all nice and I agree that the club have given every help and support to Heinze that is possible. But there are other things to it.
First, whatever the tabloids suggest, Heinze NEVER explicitly expressed a desire to move to Liverpool. It's been reported he's keen on the move but he did not confirm these rumours.
Fergie clearly believes that his agents are stirring things up and it's easy to believe. They, however, do not owe to the club in the slightest. And do Gaby owe us?
Well, he always gave his all whenever called upon and was a huge hit in his first season. He does not moan in the press about wanting to move so I don't see a lot of wrong about him.
Maybe he should stop his agents pushing for money but obivously he can't stop Liverpool making every effort to sign him. I do not blame the Scousers, come to think of it: Heinze's not the same player since his injury so it's reasonable to think that he won't hold down a first-team place at us but he's a quality player.
And this is my another point. We could keep him, he could be useful. But he would not be an awful loss. I say that if he's desperate to leave, then let him go, not to Liverpool but abroad.
And it's not about loyalty. In 2007 it's no real surprise that a fans' favourite wants to move on after three years. We paid his wages, he gave fine performances and that's all, no need to go on about emotions and things like that. Loyalty? We can expect that from Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and even Wayne Rooney - but not from Gaby Heinze who is Argentinian and joined only three years ago.
The best we can ask for in the name of loyalty is that he drops the idea of moving to Liverpool. Why make himself a hate figure at Old Trafford?
Date:Wednesday July 25 2007
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