Gabriel Heinze is a troubled man. Apart from being the footballer that no commentator can agree on in terms of pronouncing his surname, he’s also trapped in a loveless relationship. By that I mean his stay at Old Trafford. Heinze will take his dispute with Manchester United to a Premier League arbitration panel next week regarding his wish to leave the club.
The Argentine wants to join Liverpool and claims he has a letter from United which would allow him to leave if a club offered Â£6.8m. However, United insist they made it clear Heinze would not be permitted to join one of their title rivals and still has two years left on his contract.
Is this fair? In any other job, Heinze would be allowed to hand his notice in and, in a tricky scenario, would be given ‘gardening leave’ before being allowed to join a rival company. However, we all know that football is a very different place to the rest of the world… but isn’t that how the Bosman ruling came about?
As this row brews, Heinze has vowed to “carry on like a professional” and is continuing pre-season training with ManYoo. Apparently he met up with Alex Ferguson at United’s Carrington