Hamdi Ben Sassi
Getting Ben Sassi to England to play for us was an annoying job work permits not getting granted and stuff like that, eventually when everything was worked out Ben Sassi didn’t manage to life up to the expectations and even though we had Snoussi to help him settle in he never really felt comfortable here. With his Transfer to Dortmund we hope he does manage to get settled in, in Germany and becomes a better football player.
Soria is an amazing talent but the biggest problem for him is the deadly competition here at United. With Aitor Soria, Jerónimo, Hérnandez, Santos, Campos and Yusuf there just wasn’t a spot for him in the team. And after a good conversation with Álvaro we came to the conclusion it was better for him to go somewhere else, we wish him the best at Bayern but he will certainly be missed.
Marcos Roberto was our vice-captain for a long period and while we didn’t really want him to leave the bid from Real Madrid and Roberto’s plea to leave the club for a new challenge forced me to accept it. Marcos was an exceptional player and even though he didn’t always get play time, the games he did play were always of a high level. We wish him the best in Madrid but if we have to face him in the CL we hope he doesn’t perform as he used to.
With Oscarzinho coming in and Allman and Velez being better then Ronald we decided it was time for him to leave the club. Ronald scored 32 goals in only 53 matches which is pretty decent. He will be joining Barcelona for the sum of 40M then to think we bought him back in 2021 for only 700k.
After almost 100 games we will say goodbye to Bruno, compared to Santos and Campos he wasn’t always as good and his skills were also slightly less impressive. But even though he wasn’t always as good as them he was a great team player and always did his job as was expected, after the free transfer from our rivals City to us in 2022, Bruno will now be leaving us for Barcelona for almost 50M. We hope he will impress the fans in Spain the way he did here in England.
Markus was one of the 6 talented defenders in our youth academy once they were able to go to the 1st team/reserve team, all of them were checked and given a chance to impress me in a friendly, Markus was the one who had shown the worst progress and neither did he play as good as the others, to bad no one was interested during the summer, but Schalke eventually made a bit just before the end of December.
We were lucky to still get 32.5M for Haydn as his intention was to leave with a free transfer at the end of the season, after failed negotiations for a new contract Haydn insisted on leaving us. Even though we still wanted him to stay, since he was one of our best players and actually the 1st choice for the left wing, with de Vries acting as a backup.
We are here at Bierstekers Stadium to have a quick chat with Randy about the transfers he has made.
So Randy you earned quite a bit of money with these transfers, any plans you have with the money?
No the team is good as it is so the money won’t be used for any future transfers if that’s what you wanted to know. And if it will be used for another part of the club who knows but for now it’s just an extra income to increase our budgets for the future.
You decided to let some of the key players of your squad leave Manchester was it intentional or?
Ronald, Ben Sassi, Soria and Nagelsmann were intended yes. They weren’t getting any play time neither were they really useful for the team. Marcos Roberto, Bruno Scarriglia and Haydn Rothwell didn’t have to leave and I certainly didn’t want Rothwell to leave but things happened between him and us and it resulted in his departure.
The fans weren’t so happy seeing Haydn leave towards London to join Arsenal, wasn’t there any other option or team to let him go to?
Well Juventus did have interest to get him as well but they didn’t want to offer more than 15M and while we did accept the bid the contract they offered probably wasn’t good enough since Rothwell decided to go for Arsenal instead. That the fans aren’t happy about it is full understandable, I mean seeing a great and talented player like him, playing at one of your biggest rivals is very painful.
Will these transfers have any impact on your title race or your chances of winning the CL, CoC or Fa cup?
Well we have to see who will play at the left back as a backup for de Vries who will now be our first choice, and for the DM/CM position we still have a few options so seeing Roberto and Scarriglia leaving won’t be the biggest issue for those positions but their play style might be missed.
Thank you Randy and until next time.