The Telegraph reports our former Brazilian midfielder Gilberto at odds with Flamini and Hleb`s decision to follow their wallets away from the club.
“When you win things, you achieve more than anybody else. You get better contracts, and more money, anyway,” he told the newspaper. “I can`t blame a player who wants a good contract. But I believe if they stay at the club, they can earn good money and do a lot for the club and themselves. So if they win something, it means more and they are more appreciated by supporters.”
He believes that both players could ultimately regret their decisions. “I don`t know what the reason is for them leaving but they could have stayed. If it`s for money, I would think they`re wrong” he said. “Most of the players who leave miss the club for lots of reasons. The lifestyle at Arsenal is fantastic. You get so well looked after.”
Gilberto spent 6 years with the club. He treated the club well and in response the club made sure that the 32-year-old could end his career on a lucrative and secure 3-year contract.
Dennis Bergkamp played out the last few years of his career at Arsenal on a succession of one-year contracts. He could perhaps have earned more money elsewhere but as his career came to an end he was able to benefit from a rewarding testimonial. A good part of which he donated to charity.
In pursuing the short term rewards some players are over looking the broader benefits of taking a longer view of their careers and the clubs they serve. Take a long term view of the club and the club will take a long term view of the player seems to be the message from Gilberto.
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