I’m not that impressed with Vieiragate 2005. Last season’s Vieiragate was far more impressive â€“ dragging on most of the summer and only reaching its resolution when a) Patrick had a change of heart or b) Real Madrid wouldn’t pay him enough (delete as applicable).
This year’s one has a lot to live up to, and it needs to put in some serious legwork improve on last year’s offering.
It’s all over the papers and web-papers this morning, thanks to some unhelpfully vague comments from our chairman, published in, of all places, the Daily Star.
“I gather they (Juventus) have made enquiries but we are very undecided as to whether we are going to talk to them or not,” he said. “Patrick is aware they have approached us and it all very much depends on what they offer and what he wants to do. In a situation like this, you have to listen to what they say and tell the player about it.
“It would be very, very difficult to replace Patrick. We have a board meeting in about a week’s time and I am sure we will discuss it then.
“We have not decided what we want to do, but my gut feeling is we would very much like him to stay.”
Hill-Wood’s comments are hardly a resounding ‘No’ to potential suitors, are they?
My brow is furrowed, I must say. If we sold Vieira â€“ a hypothetical question – we’d have lost two of our most experienced midfielders (three if you add Pires into the equation, but that’s another story). Ridding ourselves of the Patman (and not even for a decent fee) is only going to hurt us, not help us when it comes to winning the title and challenge for the Champions League. For all the extravagant promise of Flamini & Fabregas, do they have the necessary experience to do it for us yet?
Every top side has a midfield general, and he’s ours.
I want to hear what the boss has got to say about this. Over to you, boss.
PS â€“ Looks like four of our pre-season games are live on the worldwide internest. Sitting down with a beer and watching my computer for 90 minutes â€“ oh, go on then.