Some footballers are more than happy to move from club to club as long as their contact includes a few million, a new porch and all of the other luxuries footballers get. However, for former Germany international Marcell Jansen, loyalty means much more to him than money.
The left-back was released by Hamburg this summer after 144 games in the Bundesliga since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach back in 2006, but you'd think a top-class defender who is only 29-years-old would have no problem finding a new club.
Unless of course, they don't want a new club... which is exactly what Jansen, who graced the 2010 World Cup in the colours of his country, has decided. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Jansen said: “I thought about it on holiday. There were a lot of good offers but for me carrying on is not an option. I am fit, can move on a free transfer, could still earn good money but I prefer to renounce the money."
He added: “In the last few years I was very emotionally tied to HSV. I will continue to live in Hamburg and will always love this club. Gladbach, of course, as well. But now some new club? No, I don’t want to lie or deceive some other club or fans when I am no longer fully behind it. I can’t just suddenly kiss another badge now. That wouldn’t be right. I am myself too much of a fan for that.”
So it looks like the defender, who made 15 appearances last season for HSV, who narrowly avoided relegation out of the German top-flight, will have to watch his football at home next season. Though, he has shown great character to not be bothered by the financial rewards, so maybe Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will try and snap him up...
Either way, Marcell Jansen, we applaud you!