Stars who were forced to stay at clubs, and what happened next

Stars who were forced to stay at clubs, and what happened next

29 Jul 2017, 20:00

Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez, Naby Keita, Virgil van Dijk, Ivan Perisic and many, many more. Trying to force through a transfer doesn't always end in success.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool - 2013

Trying to move to: Arsenal

Liverpool had just finished seventh in the Premier League, but when Arsenal came calling for Suarez with what they thought was a clever, release clause-triggering £40,000,001 bid the Reds were determined not to be bossed around by a rival.

The bid was rejected out of hand, and Suarez was ostracised and forced to train on his own.

What happened next: After Steven Gerrard urged Suarez to stay for one more year in order to earn a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, that's exactly what he did.

The Uruguayan spearheaded a thrilling Liverpool season, winning the top goalscorer and Player of the Year awards before proving Gerrard right and moving to Barca.

Luka Modric, Tottenham - 2011

Trying to move to: Chelsea

When Spurs turned down two offers for their Croatian star from Chelsea, he went public and accused them of breaking a "gentleman's agreement" that he'd be allowed to join "a bigger club" if one came calling.

What happened next: All out war with Daniel Levy followed, and although that is usually a bad thing, Modric managed to sit tight and earn a move to Real Madrid out of it. Five years later, he's won three Champions League titles.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United - 2013

Trying to move to: Chelsea

The beginning of the 2013/14 season was full of stories of Chelsea's interest in Rooney, and it was clear that the Manchester United captain quite fancied the move after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson - who seemed to know Rooney was declining - and appointment of David Moyes.

He tried his best to remain silent in the face if the growing rumours, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho grew frustrated by a lack of progress on the deal.

What happened next: Rooney never went public with his Chelsea courtship, but buoyed by support from the fans he ended up penning a lucrative five-year United deal, his last at the club.

And Mourinho signed Samuel Eto'o instead.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United - 2008

Trying to move to: Real Madrid

After an incredible 2007/08 season in which he scored 42 goals in all competitions as United won the Champions League, Ronaldo inevitably became a topic of conversation in the corridors of power at the Bernabeu, with Sepp Blatter claiming that it was "modern slavery" to keep him at the club against his will.

What happened next: United dug in, with Ferguson claiming that he wouldn't sell "a virus" to Real as they went on to win the league and reach the Champions League final again, before banking £80m for him the summer after Madrid first came calling.

Trying to move to: Chelsea

Having won back-to-back UEFA Cups with Sevilla, Brazilian full-back Alves was seeing his star on the rise in the summer of 2007, and that was when Chelsea tried to make their move. He wanted the switch, but it was blocked by his club.

What happened next: Chelsea bought Juliano Belletti instead, and having been denied his own move to London, Alves then had to watch Juande Ramos make one when he left for Tottenham.

He sat tight though, and joined Barcelona a year later

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool - 2004 and 2005

Trying to move to: Chelsea

After father figure Gerard Houllier left Liverpool in 2004 the club's crown jewel suddenly felt uneasy.

He cited Liverpool's lack of progress as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea circled, and although things never got too far with that transfer, they got a lot further a year later when the failure to secure a new contract led to Gerrard openly declaring a desire to move to Chelsea.

What happened next: That desire disappeared the very next day, as Gerrard dramatically reversed his decision and signed a new deal, citing a miscommunication as the reason behind the chaos.

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