La Liga: where Premier League stars with itchy feet cannot find fulfillment
This is an appeal on behalf of Premiership Rejects in Iberia Charitable Support (PRICS).
Every summer powerful Spanish clubs unsettle the Premier League’s finest talent before trafficking the players to Spain. The players are promised sunshine, trophies, appreciation and a better standard of life.
But they’re not told that they just won’t get the same level of fulfillment that they enjoyed in the Premier League.
Cristiano is a typical case. At first his time in Spain seemed fantastic. His new owners treated him well and he made lots of new friends. But now his situation has taken a turn for the worse, and he’s too scared to speak out about what’s actually wrong with him.
He said: “That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case.
“At this point, I just want to guarantee to the Real Madrid fans that my motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions will not be affected. I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of. Abrazos to all madridistas.”
Then there’s Cesc. He’s only been in Spain for a year and already he’s going home with a sad face everyday. He was made to feel like he belonged in Spain, but it turns out it’s not quite that clear-cut.
He said: “There’s no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football. I couldn’t tell you what makes a great substitute.
“I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it.”
Research shows this is just the tip of the iceberg, with new players being enticed to Iberia all the time, blissfully unaware of the hellish existence that awaits them.
Donating just £2 a month to PRICS will help to bring these stricken Premier League icons back where they belong: on loan to QPR in January.