Wasted talents. One of the most sensational cases is that of Aleksandr Hleb, former Arsenal champion and terrible flop of Barcelona. His former agent, after many years, has revealed who is to blame for his failure in Spain.
The transfer market is very intriguing, it makes the fans’ mouth water when an important name is approached to their team. To speak, however, is the field. Many players returning from incredible seasons, upon arrival in a new club have incredibly disappointed the coach and fans. Wasted talents. One of the most sensational cases is that of Aleksandr Hleb, former Arsenal champion and terrible flop of Barcelona. His former agent, after so many years, revealed who was to blame for his failure in Spain.
ARSENAL AND TRAVEL – “He spent the best moment of his career at Arsenal“, explained some time ago Ulrich Ferber, former agent of Hleb, a SPOX. “Wenger loved him. Then Barcelona and Bayern showed interest: we talked to both clubs and we chose Barcelona. On the plane to go to sign the contract, I felt that he was looking forward to it but I had some doubts. In that situation, perhaps, I should have had more influence: he should have signed for Bayern. Sure, Barça are a great club but returning to Germany would have been a better move at a time. But Aleks wanted to play with Messi, Iniesta and Henry“. History says that Hleb’s experience in Catalonia will however become his greatest regret: from there his slow decline in international football will begin.
THE REGRET – Hleb arrives in Barcelona when Guardiola had just taken over from Rijkaard. “Frank Rijkaard and director Txiki Begiristain wanted it desperately. Eventually, however, Rijkaard had to leave and Guardiola did not find Aleksandr useful. At Arsenal he practically always played, there he was unable to play even 60% of the time. He also had problems with the Spanish way of life“. The problem was certainly not a technical rate:”Seeing him play with Messi and Iniesta was poetry. In the end, his problem was mental and he also failed due to pride“The same pride that led him a few years ago to say that … he would have punched the Catalan for not letting him play the 2009 Champions League final. Which, among other things, the Blaugrana have won!
May 22, 2022 (change May 22, 2022 | 08:06)
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