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10 star players whose clubs refused to sell them

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Liverpool v Swansea City - Premier League
Philippe Coutinho stole the show this past summer transfer window

Over the course of the last few decades, the game of football has grown exponentially, especially with the kind of money involved due to multi-million TV deals and sponsorships.

However, if there is one particular aspect of the game that has seen a significant development, it has to be the say of players with regards to their future.

Footballers, who were once seen as mere employees of the club are today seen as partners by several clubs.

However, there are times when clubs have to ensure that they have to remain in control of their resources and their decision to do so has led to several failed transfer sagas in the past.

In this segment, we take a look at 10 times football clubs refused to sell their players against their wishes.

#10 Carlos Tevez

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic - FA Cup Final
Manchester City refused to let Carlos Tevez leave in the winter of 2010.

Carlos Tevez has always been a controversial figure. The Argentine, who wooed the footballing world with his performances for Boca Juniors and Corinthians very early in his career, has been the subject of numerous controversies during his playing career.

Tevez had moved to Manchester City amidst controversial terms and had become a crucial player for the side.

But, his antics off the field forced the hierarchy at the club into handing him a reduced role at the club and the Argentine did not take it well, handing in a transfer request in December of 2010.


The striker cited family reasons and breakdown in relationships with certain individuals and executives at the club for the reason he had placed a transfer request, but the Manchester club refused to let him leave.

It took a series of discussions with the club’s officials to ensure that Tevez continued to remain a Manchester City player, but his stay at the club remained a subject of constant and immense scrutiny until City decided enough was enough and let the Argentine leave in the summer of 2013 for Juventus.

The 33-year-old is currently employed by the Shanghai Shenhua after a brief spell at Boca Juniors, and despite not making footballing headlines, he remains one of the highest paid footballers in the world. 

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