Fabinho ‘delighted’ to sign new long-term Liverpool deal

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Fabinho ‘delighted’ to sign new long-term Liverpool deal

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.

The Brazil international is the second key member of Jurgen Klopp’s team to commit their future to the Reds after Trent Alexander-Arnold penned a fresh deal last month.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with the club,” Fabinho told liverpoolfc.com, with the terms of the deal not disclosed.

“Since the beginning of the conversation, I was really positive about it because it’s what I wanted – staying in this club, keep playing for Liverpool. Now this is official and I’m really happy.

MEDIAWATCH: Kane just ‘sweetly naive’ as Spurs ‘manipulate the narrative’

“These last three seasons I’ve been really happy here. I learned a lot with the manager, with all the staff, with the boys as well.

“We achieved things together and for me I think it’s the best place to be, the best place to keep growing, to keep learning from the staff, from the boys. Hopefully we will keep achieving good things.”

Fabinho’s previous terms were due to expire in the summer of 2023 and his renewal is part of Liverpool’s plan to tie down the futures of several experienced players during the coming months.

The PA news agency understands the club is eager to renew the contracts of Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson.

It comes after midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum left on a free this summer after he failed to agree new terms with Paris St Germain able to secure the services of the Holland international.

Since Fabinho moved to Anfield from Monaco in 2018, the midfielder has played an integral role in their Premier League and Champions League success, adeptly switching between his usual midfield role and a position in the heart of defence.

The 27-year-old has played 122 times for the Reds, scoring three goals – most notably against title rivals Manchester City during the 2019-20 campaign and is eager to add more trophies to his CV which includes Ligue 1 and the Super Cup from two years ago.

“The manager and the staff are pushing us for this because they know our capacity, they know our quality,” Fabinho added.

“Personally, as I say, I want to be the best for the team, I want to be an important piece in this team – not just as a player but as a leader as well. Keep learning from the boys and the staff and be the best I can.

“We know with these players we can go really far in all the competitions. In the last year we didn’t win any trophies, so I think everyone is hungry to win more trophies, win more things, to keep our fans happy. Hopefully we will do this this season.”


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Kane just ‘sweetly naive’ as Spurs ‘manipulate the narrative’

Tottenham are trying to make sure they are seen as the good guys, while Harry Kane had no choice but to stop doing the job they pay him for.


Oh you’re so naive, yet so…
Mediawatch does wonder what Martin Samuel’s take would be if this wasn’t the England captain failing to report for pre-season duties on consecutive days, but it is Harry Kane and so he had ‘no option but to disrupt‘ stop doing his job for a bit.

The Daily Mail columnist believes Kane was ‘backed into a corner’ and realised ‘the need to escalate the matter of his future’. It is Tottenham, a team that has not received what it deems to be an acceptable offer for by far its best player, the Premier League’s top goalscorer and assist creator, who deserve the blame.

‘It is the modern way. The clubs want the money but they don’t want the blame, so they manipulate the narrative until absolved. After the no-show, almost inevitably, comes the transfer request.’

And what have Tottenham done here to ‘manipulate the narrative’? Turned down £100m from a direct rival for a player they could not hope to adequately replace? Expected said player, whose contract with them runs for another three years, to attend pre-season checks and training? What ‘blame’ are they trying to avoid, precisely?

Samuel goes on to suggest Kane ‘won’t feel comfortable making trouble less than two weeks before the start of the season. He is exasperated,’ adding that his desire to sort out his future before the Euros started was ‘sweetly naive’.

It is easy to see both sides of the argument here: Kane wants to leave and thinks he has an agreement with the chairman to do so; Tottenham do not wish to sell and have no obligation to do so. Neither party is the victim or the agitator here. Painting either as any sort of ‘exasperated’ or ‘sweetly naive’ hostage being forced to act is bizarre.


Victim blaming
It is made all the weirder by Samuel mocking Tottenham’s stance. He is insistent they are simply trying to manoeuvre a situation that makes them look good by selling him, rather than them simply trying not to sell him in the first place.

‘What could poor Tottenham do? Kane was playing up, he was desperate to go to Manchester City. We’re the victims here, you know.’

Lovely. So to sum up, Kane has been ‘backed into a corner’ because the club with whom he signed a six-year contract in 2018 expects those official, written, legal terms to be honoured. But Tottenham actually really want to let him go and are just trying to ‘manipulate the narrative’ so they can claim they were ‘the victims’ all along when he goes.

Ever thought they just don’t want to and don’t have to sell, especially not to a club that isn’t coming close to the reported valuation?


Just Kidding
But contracts apparently mean nothing in football, which is why players are notoriously free to up and leave whenever they want and clubs are powerless to stop them.

‘Kane has received stick from some quarters for failing to ‘respect his contract’ and return to pre-season training yesterday – but such talk is out-dated, idealistic guff,’ writes Dave Kidd in the out-dated, guffy Sun.

‘The striker may have three years remaining on his current deal but nobody in modern football believes contracts are anything other than bargaining tools – and nobody truly believes that loyalty exists from player to club, nor vice versa.’

That last point is spot on. Loyalty is not a worthwhile concept here and that works both ways. Kane owes Tottenham as much as they owe him here: nothing.

But if ‘nobody in modern football believes contracts are anything other than bargaining tools,’ why is Kane not training with Manchester City right now?

Mediawatch wishes him and his agent the absolute best of luck in taking this to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and arguing that he ‘may have three years remaining on his current deal but nobody in modern football believes contracts are anything other than bargaining tools’. That will go well.


Fanciful dress
In the same article, Kidd describes Kane as ‘a fiercely ambitious man, with elements of the selfishness every great striker needs’.

He adds that: ‘The idea that he would allow his peak years to drift past at a club which is sliding into mid-table irrelevance was always a fanciful one.’

Even more ‘fanciful’ is the idea that he is in a position to decide what his future will ‘allow’ or not. Kane will have a say but that call is ultimately Tottenham’s thanks to the three remaining years left on that apparently meaningless ‘bargaining tool’ he signed in 2018.


Smooth criminal
And Kidd completes the hat-trick with this:

‘After eight years as a first-teamer, Kane has served his time and deserves a smooth exit, provided City pay the going rate for a world-class striker with diminishing resale value – which probably shouldn’t be far north of £100million.’

If Kane ‘deserves a smooth exit’ then he really shouldn’t have signed a contract that prevents it. Tottenham have no obligation to roll out the red carpet and let their best player leave unless, as you say, someone pays ‘the going rate’.

And you can pretend his ‘diminishing resale value’ means a jot to Tottenham right now all you want, but that the fee is £160m. And that truly is not ‘far north of £100million’.


Neves say Neves
As tempting as it is to make this a single-edition Kane special, this headline work from the Daily Mirror website is exceptional and deserves applauding:

‘Ruben Neves admits he’s “getting ideas” as he drops hint amid Man Utd transfer interest’

That seems pretty unequivocal. He has had his head turned. The move is on.

“We are getting the ideas of the new coach and I think we are doing well. I had a great time with family and now I’m completely focused here, to be fit for the start of the Premier League.”

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