Date: 3rd April 2007 at 11:14am
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Mathieu Flamini is to take advantage of the new Fifa ruling which will allow him to buy out the remaining years of his contract after having it confirmed by his lawyer he would be able to do so.

Flamini, who rarely makes the bench, never mind the first team these days, wants to try to reach the ‘next level’ in his playing career, and believes he will need to move on to do so.

‘I have reached the end of a cycle,’ Flamini told l’Equipe.

‘I have spent three years at Arsenal and my lawyer has assured me I can leave in June. To do that I have to pay the club my last year of wages. My next three years will be important. I want to play and reach a new level.’

‘The Arsenal team is young and has qualities, but I play rarely at the moment. It is a difficult moment to experience and in such a situation any player asks himself some questions.’

‘Above all I want to go on working and improving. I want to score more goals, assist more often and finally win Champions League.’

This comes as no great surprise, indeed the only shock is that this hasn’t come sooner.

 

67 Replies to “Flamini On His Way Out”

  • What makes him think he will be able to hold a first team place down at anyother club who is capable of winning the Champions League? That said, good luck to the lad, he has always been a hard worker who doesn’t complain.

  • wow.. the funniest thing is that I’ve seen him more often this year than the other 2 years he spent at arsenal! If he does leave, I don’t think it will be much of a loss although an interesting legal battle will ensue.. Does Flamini want to become the new Bosman? He seems to find controversial ways to leave clubs!

  • wow.. the funniest thing is that I’ve seen him more often this year than the other 2 years he spent at arsenal! If he does leave, I don’t think it will be much of a loss although an interesting legal battle will ensue.. Does Flamini want to become the new Bosman? He seems to find controversial ways to leave teams!

  • Real shame, but it was inevitable really. He did fantastically for us filling in at LB last season, but you just can’t see where his chances will come in the future what with Cesc, Diaby, Gilberto, Rosicky et al. Tho saying that, does Flamini know somone’s coming in the summer? He therefore buys out his contract thus opening the way for a “Super Super world class player”

  • I’m gonna be honest, not the saddest news I’ve ever heard. I’m willing to have him as 5th or 6th choice, but he’s not quite at our standard. Hard worker and good luck to him and all that jazz. Oh and this won’t be a new way of leaving a club, the rule has been in for some time now, it’s just pampered stars would die before they put their hands in their pockets, credit to Flam for showing some ambition at his own expense. scooch, AW confirmed Song is coming back and will compete for a first team place, I can’t think we’ll buy yet another CM.

  • I reckon the club coming in for the Flamster will be stumping up the cash, or at least half of it. Or is there part of the rule that says it must be the player who pays? Either way there will be some cash injection from Mathieu’s new club.

  • Yeah, Im a little disappointed coz I like Flamini as a player. But rocky is right, it was a matter of time before this happened, unless he was resigned to being a squad player for a long time. I only have good things abt the lad. But can he pls concentrate on the rest of the season? Seems like everyone is already talking abt next season – Henry wants trophies, cesc wants rest !!

  • Its going to be curious, coz there’s only been one player who has exercised this rule (which came about in 2001 i think). FIFA are yet to rule on the matter, coz the amount to be paid to the club is still under dispute. Rocky – under the rule, the player will pay the club, but I dont know of there is anything that stops another club from re-imbursing this amount to the player.

  • Prits – I’d hazzard a guess that Flamini’s signing on fee would be increase by that exact amount.

  • “The art of accurate observation is called cynicism by those that do not have it.” Rocky, YOU CYNIC!

  • Yeah, there realistically couldn’t be a rule saying that the new team couldn’t pay the fee to the old team as there are so many different ways of getting round this. Increased bonus payments-signing on fee-salary etc

  • No jacky, that would be called telling the truth. In fact, that would make you Jeffrey Archer’s exact opposite.

  • I am glad to see Flam and ALi almost out the door. I like them both but it provides more space in the squad for potential new players in the summer. had we kept everyone then I just would not have seen wenger buying. a clearout of the deadwood is just what we need.

  • gazzap, even with Flamini out, I doubt we will sign anyone in central mid-field. Song should be back from loan.

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