Former Tottenham and England ace Peter Crouch believes the likes of Steven Gerrard and John Terry may have been afforded similar powers to Kylian Mbappe, during their time at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
A year of constant speculation linking Mbappe to Real Madrid spectacularly came to a close when the French World Cup winner announced that he would sign a new three-year contract at the Parc des Princes. The new deal is understood to have included a signing bonus believed to be worth around £86million, as well as a £43m yearly salary.
But if these eye watering sums were not enough, various reports claimed the 23-year-old could also be granted a meaningful say in decisions, from management to potential signings. And while this news baffled the footballing world, Crouch believes such power is not as unusual as many people believe it is.
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“Every big player at a club, the biggest players at the biggest clubs have always had the biggest voice,” Crouch said on ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’. “Imagine Alan Shearer at Newcastle right.
“Are you telling me he has not had an influence on players brought in? Or Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and John Terry at Chelsea. Are you telling me these players have not had some sort of input? No one has announced it.
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“No one has gone ‘we are going to consult John Terry’ or ‘consult Steven Gerrard about who the manager is’ they just keep it quiet. You don’t want to p*** anyone else off.”
Crouch played alongside Gerrard for three seasons, arriving into Anfield a few months after the Reds lifted the Champions League. And the former England international joked that Gerrard may have demanded a say in future transfers after his arrival at the club.
“He definitely did not have a say in that,” Crouch laughed when he was asked as to whether he felt Gerrard had a say in his Liverpool move. “I think that may have been when they all crept in. He may have thought ‘I need a say in this, we’ve just won the Champions League and this clown has turned up’.”
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