Harry Redknapp comments on Gervinho’s reported transfer demands

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The Roma winger's proposed £10 million move to the Middle East was reportedly scuppered by his lavish requests.

Gervinho’s proposed move from Roma to Aj-Jazira collapsed after the former Arsenal man requested a private beach, a helicopter and an unknown number of plane tickets to the Ivory Coast, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp took to Kicca to share his thoughts on the story.

He posted: “I’ve heard of some requests in my time but nothing approaching that level of ridiculousness. He has enough money...”

Redknapp appeared to feel strongly on the subject and warned against the purchase of footballing mercenaries.

He added: “My advice to club owners and chairman is to never sign a player who doesn’t want to play for the club and is only in it for the money.”

It’s an interesting take considering some of his purchases down the years and it remains a murky area in football. The romantic notion of players being loyal to clubs is observable in only the rarest of instances and is usually at odds with ambition. After all, is there a player on earth who would remain loyal if Real Madrid or Barcelona come calling?

Gervinho has since denied the claims on his official Facebook page however, stating: "I don't normally comment on transfer rumours but today some people have gone too far. I deny all the reports relating to any transfer."

The former Arsenal winger reignited his career in Italy after disappointing in North London but has been linked with a move away this summer.

Despite his denial, the 28-year old may find suitors less forthcoming after these recent revelations and a longer stay in Italy’s capital just might be on the cards.

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