HEINZE HAS REGRETS

Gabriel Heinze has spoken of his regret at the manner of his departure from Manchester United. Now at Roma the Argentine defender has played at some of Europe’s top clubs and has had an impressive career.

For many though, particularly in Manchester, he is remembered for his departure from Old Trafford and his seeming betrayal of the club that brought him to Europe’s top table.

Heinze lost his place in the United side with the arrival of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in January 2006 but he vowed to stay on and fight for his place in the side. He could not regain his place and it soon became apparent he would have to leave to ensure first team football.

United had a number of offers, including one from fierce rivals Liverpool, but they made an early decision they would not sell to Liverpool. Heinze took an issue with this decision and fought hard for his right to leave United for the club he wanted.

He was settled in England and in the North West, the offer to play for one of the greatest clubs in the world emerged and he was understandably keen to take it. The situation got ugly, with Heinze taking United to court, losing and eventually signing for Real Madrid, hardly a bad place for a professional footballer to end up.

Heinze does now though regret the way he left the club and had the opportunity to play against his old team in last season’s Champions league. Heinze told betfair.com he doesn’t “have many regrets from my career” but he does count “that episode with Ferguson to be one of them”.

He is keen that United fans remember him for the successes he had on the pitch, he was after all one of the best left backs in the world at that time. He does though understand the supporters frustrations but hopes “the fans will remember the three years I had in the team. I had a great time”.

Heinze may face United again in Europe this season, with his Roma team one of the favourites to reach the final on the UEFA Europa League betting markets – where they will face Scholes, Giggs et al if United make it through.

ROMA TURN DOWN UNITED STARLET

Italian club AS Roma have said that they have turned down the opportunity to sign Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison. Ravel Morrison is one of the highly rated youngsters at Manchester United, and he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Many regard him to be the best young talent to come out of the Manchester United youth team since Paul Scholes more than 15 years ago. Despite this incredible talent, it is thought that Manchester United are willing to let go of Ravel Morrison partly because of the huge wage demands posed by the youngster and also by the huge problems he creates off the pitch.

Even though he is one of the most highly rated talents, Italian club AS Roma have revealed that they have turned down the opportunity to sign him. The club is notorious for the incredible egos present within the squad, and it seems that they are not willing to add one more of such a character to the dressing room.

Ravel Morrison is thought to demand around £ 40,000 per week, whereas Manchester United are willing to offer only £ 12,000 per week. Due to the substantial difference between their terms, Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Ravel Morrison will leave the club at the end of the season.

“We were offered him, but said no. Why should we think we’d be able to handle him if Sir Alex Ferguson and United could not?” a Roma spokesman said in a recent interview given to British tabloid. Manchester City and Newcastle United are now the favourites to sign the youngster, who also has a lot of issues with the local police as well. He also is said to show no interest in training, but it seems that Mancini is very much interested in him.