Date: 4th December 2012 at 8:55am
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I recall someone telling me many years ago that if an American sees someone driving a luxury car, he’ll respond by saying ‘One day I’d love to have one of those’. An Englishman’s response would be ‘Why should he have that?’.

I’ve noticed of late that this particularly English trait prevails. The recent spate of articles from the Telegraph, amongst others, suggests that our beloved English press are delighting in the possibility of Gareth Bale moving abroad. I’d go as far as to say that they are positively encouraging it to happen. Couple this with the negative reporting, focussing on Bale’s supposed ‘diving’, and there is only one conclusion to be drawn.

The similarity to how Ronaldo was treated here prior to his departure for Spain is remarkable. Basically, the English press and English fans do not want superstars gracing the Premiership (unless of course said superstar plays for their favoured team). Now before anyone accuses me of hypocrisy, I will freely admit to an unhealthy jealousy myself as regards football. I like so many others, was happy to see the departure of Thierry Henry, Ronaldo and Drogba and I’d have preferred it if our tormentor Van Persie would have also moved abroad. But if we all succeed in driving these footballing greats out of English football, we’ll end up with a very mediocre Premier League.

We can already see the results in the poor performances of English sides in European competition. Now whilst I don’t give two hoots about how Chelsea, Arsenal etc. do in Europe, It is in no-one’s interest to have a Premier League devoid of quality. If we (and the press) continue as we are doing then we will simply drive players like Gareth Bale away to a league where their skills will be appreciated. I say to the sports reporters of the Telegraph and others – Be careful what you wish for!

Written by ParkLane67