Jose Mourinho has played down any suggestion that his personal issues with Arsene Wenger are responsible in the delay in Arsenal’s attempts to sign Nuri Sahin on loan.
While the sticking point appears to be a sell on clause, or the lack of a sell on clause, or the price of the sell on clause, many have opined that Mourinho’s emnity with Wenger has been a factor.
However, the Real Madrid boss says he’s not really that fussed which club Sahin ends up at, and is confident a spell in England will see him return to the Bernebeu a better player.
“I couldn’t care less if he goes to Arsenal, or Liverpool or Tottenham. I have no preference. It can teach him particular characteristics of play that he doesn’t have at the moment,” he said.
Of course if there’s an agreement that Arsenal can purchase the player for a fixed price at the end of the loan then he might not return there at all, but until it’s done we won’t know what kind of clauses are present.
Meanwhile, former Gunner Eduardo believes that selling Robin van Persie and Alex Song was a ‘mistake’, but has backed Arsenal to have a good season. Speaking to the BBC he said, “Van Persie and Song were the key players last season. They held the team. When you lose two players like that, your chance of finishing in the top four is less.
“But Arsenal still have a good team and I’m confident they will do well. Last year when they lost Nasri and Fabregas, everyone thought they would not finish in the top four but they did.
“When the season finishes, we’ll see if it was a mistake or not. It’s very sad to lose two big players like that but we must respect the new players and believe they can keep Arsenal at the top.”