This is the latest Aston Villa News with former United player blasts Liverpool over lack of layalty showed towards Villa manager Steven Gerrard in there quest for tittle.
After 17 years at Anfield, Steven Gerrard was permitted to depart and join LA Galaxy in 2015.
Rio Ferdinand, a former England defender, has accused Liverpool of betraying Steven Gerrard by allowing him to depart for the Los Angeles Galaxy towards the conclusion of his career.
Gerrard came through the Melwood system, making his debut at the age of 18 and going on to play over 700 times for the Reds, including key roles in winning the FA Cup and, most notably, the Champions League.
Despite failing to win the Premier League, the midfielder will be remembered as one of Liverpool’s best players.
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The club captain was permitted to depart Merseyside after 17 years, joining LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer after Liverpool did not offer him a new contract.
And Ferdinand has claimed that the Reds didn’t ‘give him’ the commitment that he previously offered them, citing the moment his former England international team-mate ‘flirted with the thought’ of joining then-recently bought Chelsea before finally sticking there.
“He’s remained loyal to them,” Ferdinand stated on his FIVE YouTube channel, “and he had that ridiculous offer we’re hearing from Chelsea.”
“They courted him, and they tried all they could to acquire him and disturb him, including using players and other means.” He grew disturbed, toyed with the notion a little, but ultimately decided against it.
“Whatever occurred, Chelsea was interested in him. He decides to stay, but as his career draws to a close, the club refuses to offer him a new contract.
They let him go to LA Galaxy despite the fact that he is arguably the club’s best-ever player, has been a part of iconic moments at the football club, and would have had so much to offer young players staying there in terms of culture, mentality, and someone they can look up to and identify as a local lad.”
Gerrard, who now manages Aston Villa, had a brilliant start to his management career, guiding Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership championship in ten years without losing a match, before returning to the club.
After his playing career finished, Gerrard returned to the club to coach the under-18s before joining Rangers a year later.
“He could have stayed there as a player-coach and been groomed into a coach in their system or a manager,” Ferdinand explained. “But they chose to do something completely different and allowed him to go to LA Galaxy.”
“So when you speak about loyalty, maybe if the club was given an element of loyalty there, they might have gone, but you know what, we’re going to give him a bit back towards the conclusion of his career because of the loyalty he’s giving us.”
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