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Keane berates soft stars

15 Aug 2007 - 09:18:15

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has launched a furious attack on players who allow their wives or partners to dictate where they play their football.

Keane feels he has missed out on several transfer targets because the players involved have allowed their decisions to be influenced by their partners, a sign of weakness according to the Irishman.

He fumed: "These so-called big stars are people we are supposed to be looking up to. Well, they are weak and soft.

"If they don't want to come because their wife wants to go shopping in London it's a sad state of affairs.

"I can understand the attraction of people wanting to go to London - if you are talking about Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham.

"If people want to go somewhere else, to another football club, then fair enough, as long as it is for a footballing reason.

"But there are players going to clubs in London simply because it is London. To me, that is wrong. It is not a football move, it is a lifestyle move.

"We have had one or two players this year and their wives are clearly part of the package.

"We had one player this summer who didn't even have the courtesy to call us back because his wife wanted to move to London and shopping was mentioned."

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