Coral’s five contract rebels in light of Sterling reports
In light of reports that Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is set to tell the club that he doesn’t want to sign a new deal and instead move on from Anfield, Coral writers have found five other high-profile contract rebels.
Sol ‘rebel’ Campbell
After spending almost a decade as a senior for boyhood club club Tottenham, Campbell committed the cardinal sin by signing for north London rivals Arsenal (5/1 to win the Premier League next season).
However, not only did he move to Spurs’ arch-enemy, but he left for free after assuring fans that he would stay at White Hart Lane. It is fair to say he is not loved at Tottenham.
Another bitter fallout involving a top Premier League side, former legendary Manchester United captain Keane called his bluff in 2000 when he demanded to be given a new contract that would be the highest in the club’s history by a mile.
Eventually a mega deal was agreed, although the Red Devils (9/2 title chances in 2015/16) publicly announced they’d have to increase ticket prices as a result. The Irishman left five years later after another bitter row, this time after criticising his own teammates in an un-aired interview, by mutual consent.
Just one season after future World Cup-winning star forward Mario Gotze moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga arch-rivals Bayern Munich, prolific Poland striker Robert Lewandowski followed suit, however controversially on a free transfer.
Dortmund still held hope right up until the final six months of his deal, but it was announced that the German giants had agreed a deal to sign Lewandowski at the end of the season, which further fractured relations between the two clubs.
Ex-Liverpool icon McManaman was one of the first high-profile footballers, certainly in England, to benefit from the Bosman ruling, when he decided to sign for Real Madrid for free in 1999.
The Reds were desperate not to lose their academy graduate and one of their key players for nothing, but eventually did as the tricky winger was offered a huge deal by Los Blancos.
Rooney has been involved with not one but two contract sagas, both at Manchester United, in 2010 and then 2013. The talented forward seemingly had itchy feet and was not satisfied with the club’s ambitions and goals.
However, both tense situations were watered down with a ridiculously high contract offer, which Rooney snapped up. Despite the England skipper playing United around twice, he is now on a reported £300k deal and is the club captain. If you don’t ask, you don’t get…