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B-Town Rovers2010-05-02 19:24:53 +0000 #1
Gabriel Heinze digs in to seal Liverpool switchAug 7 2007

by James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

GABRIEL HEINZE has told Alex Ferguson he is determined to complete his controversial switch from Manchester United to Liverpool.

The Argentinian met the United manager yesterday to discuss his future and accused Ferguson of breaking a promise to let him leave Old Trafford.

During the 30-minute meeting at the club’s Carrington training ground, Ferguson insisted Heinze will not be sold to the Reds at any price and the 29-year-old is now resigned to taking the matter to court.

Heinze said: “I’ve fulfilled my duties by returning for training and I will now carry on like a professional.

“I will keep on coming to training and see what happens. I have a muscle injury in my leg but it is only minor and will not keep me out for long.”

But he added: “I don’t want to spend time at the club just waiting and not playing as I don’t think that is in the best interests of the club or myself.

“I’ve spoken with the coach and I have insisted that my wish is to leave if a big offer appears on the table.

“Today the only such offer is from Liverpool and it is this that is causing the problem.

“Earlier in the summer I received a promise from United that I could leave if the deal was good for both parties and at the moment there is an offer from Liverpool.

“All I want now is a swift solution to this saga."

Heinze arrived at United’s training complex yesterday following a brief break after his Copa America campaign with Argentina.

Ferguson was eager to speak with Heinze to establish his intentions after blaming the player’s agent for talking up a move to Liverpool.

He confirmed a position of which chief executive David Gill verbally advised Heinze’s agent; namely United will not sell any of their players to a major domestic rival, even though Liverpool have matched the £6.8million asking price.

Heinze has appointed a legal team to assess the validity of the letter Gill signed confirming a figure that would trigger his release.

For their part, United insist the letter does not override Heinze’s current contract, which still has two years to run.

It is also thought Gill’s verbal clause, which came before Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez made his interest known, was recorded.

Although it appears Heinze’s position as a United player is now untenable, in theory at least the full-back could be asked to figure in one of two friendlies tomorrow, at Dunfermline and Glentoran.

A more likely scenario would be for the player to remain in Manchester while discussions continue over a resolution to the impasse, although with United so steadfastly against letting Heinze become the first player to leave for Liverpool since Phil Chisnall in 1964, it is difficult to see much room for negotiation.

With both sides refusing to back down, the matter looks destined to end up in the courts.

Meanwhile, the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League third round qualifier against Toulouse will be played in the Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, August 15.

The match will kick off at 3.30pm British time.

The Reds had assumed it would be a normal evening kick-off but there is a full French domestic programme next Wednesday, forcing the game to be switched for TV purposes.

The return leg at Anfield has also been confirmed for Tuesday, August 28, kick-off 8.05pm.

BlueArsedFly2010-05-02 19:31:56 +0000 #2
hes an argie- what do u expect
Gavmundo2010-05-02 19:37:41 +0000 #3
I can't see a possibility of him going to Liverpool to be honest. It's upto Man U who they sell him to. The Premier League are looking to arbitrate but what can they do? They can't force Utd to sell their player it would have to go to court in order for the player to break his contract. News today is Lyon maybe interested and I CAN see Utd selling to them.

To be honest I'm not even sure why Liverpool want the player. He had a great first season with Utd was was next to useless last season. Fair enough he was out injured and then lost his place to Evra but when there were injuries at the end of the season and he got his place back he never looked comfortable. Every challenge he made resulted in a free kick and he's not the fastest of players. He's handy backup though.
BlueArsedFly2010-05-02 20:40:48 +0000 #4
argies just cannot be trusted - they have shown before they will stab you in the back given the opportunity. The only argie I have ever even remotely liked in 40 years of watching football is Tevez - but I would still keep one eye open at all times just in case.



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