Huntelaar, Sneijder & Robben ‘Hurt’ By Real Madrid Exit


Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has said that the club’s three former Dutch players were reluctant to leave Madrid because it was a step back for them career wise and the players are “hurt” following their departure.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder all left the club having been deemed surplus to requirements in a summer of change at the Bernabeu as Los Merengues brought in high-profile stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso.

“Sneijder and Robben are hurt because leaving Madrid is taking a step back. Huntelaar is also hurt, they were reluctant to leave because leaving Madrid is taking a step back to some extent,” claimed Valdano.

Huntelaar joined Italian giants Milan for a fee in the region of €15 million, having spent just half a season at the Bernabeu while Sneijder also made a €15 million move to the San Siro, joining Inter. Arjen Robben swapped the Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena in a €25 million switch to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

Valdano was quoted by Marca as saying that the players had to leave to play regular football in order to have a chance of playing for the Netherlands at the World Cup.

“Players of a certain level staying in a secondary position in a World Cup year was not appropriate,” he concluded.


~ by footballdirecta on September 11, 2009.

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