”The news has stunned Oulu and City fans alike as the World Cup-winning manager Aapo Virtanen declares that he ‘wouldn’t turn dow-”
Leena sat up suddenly at the sound of hearing her estranged partner’s name used in the same sentence as Oulu. She was half-asleep in her flat in London with her television volume fairly high.
Leena had been living apart from Aapo for months since he left their Manchester home to go and manage the Finnish national team so close to the tragic events surrounding the couple’s baby boy. They had had a huge argument before Aapo Virtanen got into his car to join his team in America for the tournament that he had ended up winning.
There was no denying that Leena missed Aapo. They had not been separated for this long since Aapo first moved to Italy to take his job in Florence with Fiorentina. She flew over on the day of the team’s open-top bus celebrations to see him because she had missed him that much.
However, she was drawn back into Aapo’s life that time out of love. She still felt sickened that Aapo could leave for work so soon after the most tragic events in either person’s life and the argument that the pair had, the rage that Leena felt at the time and still did to an extent. There were days where she wanted to go and visit him upon his return to Manchester from the World Cup, but she quickly discarded the idea after reminding herself of the ignorance that he had shown towards her that day when he left for America.
He was always on the news during the World Cup, it was wall-to-wall of how the underdogs of Finland - led by Champions League winner Aapo Virtanen - progressed in the tournament. He was constantly on the television, constantly doing interviews with the British press due to his involvement with Manchester City. Aapo was completely unavoidable for Leena, especially since everybody knew that she was his partner and had just lost their child.
Even if Leena decided to officially cut things off with Aapo and move on with her own life, she would always be the ex-girlfriend of the world-famous Aapo Virtanen. The life with Aapo, that started in the locality of a small Finnish town when Aapo was only known as the local football manager had evolved into being the media’s sweethearts worldwide. The life that she had now was not only inescapable, but irreversible no matter how much she could try.
Though here he was again on the news, not even talking to the British media but to the Finnish media, declaring that he would ‘love’ to return to Finland, to Oulu. For Leena it would be like going back in time, except she would be universally known as Aapo’s girlfriend, not as the AC Oulu receptionist which was a much more underwhelming title to have.
Though the argument that the pair had seemed like the end of an era at the time, Leena was still drawn to Aapo. She had returned to work eventually, like Aapo did so soon after the loss of their baby and there she began to understand that Aapo had a point in that he used work to distract him from the events that occurred shortly after the Champions League Final. Though she reminded herself time to time of that night in Frankfurt, working proved to be a good remedy for such a terrible internal bruise.
Regarding what he said in the interview with the Helsinki Times
, Leena felt relieved. It was though as soon as they both left their home in Oulu, everything in their relationship never felt the same. It would take a lot of healing due to the amount of time that they had spent apart, but Leena would once again be drawn into Aapo’s life once again.
He was asked a question and he answered it! There is certainly love lost between Aapo and Oulu so he wasn't going to roll over for City.
With a World Cup now under his belt as well as his City achievements it may be too much of an ego boost, that's for sure.
Arguably Virtanen earned the new stadium, which is essentially his only demand. It would make sense logically to build or expand the current stadium, it would just be a matter of assurances.
I'd love to go back there, it's just a matter of when the board decide to open up a vacancy!