Paul McGrath and John Gregory slam Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke’s transfer request.
Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath, has sided with fans who are venting their displeasure at Belgian striker Christian Benteke transfer request.
McGrath, a famously loyal player, who had a career total of 451 games in England, shared between just four clubs, took to Twitter to condemn the wantaway attacker.
So many Villians asking me about Benteke. Here is my view , shame theres no loyalty in the game anymore, money rules!
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 10, 2013
The 83 times capped Republic Of Ireland player was a Villa regular between 1989-1996 playing 252 games and weighing in with eight goals in the famous claret and blue shirt.
Meanwhile the last Villa boss to have to deal with an unhappy striker, John Gregory who had an infamous bust up with Dwight Yorke fifteen years ago, prior to the striker joining Manchester United, revealed that he has been asked if he still has the gun he jokingly threatened to use on Yorke to stop him leaving Villa Park.
“I’ve been inundated with texts and tweets from fans wanting to know if I’ve still got the gun I intended to shoot Dwight with,” said Gregory in reference to his legendary response to Yorke’s transfer request at the time.
“I can understand their feelings. Villa paid a substantial amount of money and rescued him from relative obscurity, and for a year he scored goals and did exceptionally well for the team.
“But Villa, equally, have given him that chance. I just think out of loyalty, he should stay at least one more year.”
The 22-year-old striker has sparked a transfer ‘whodunnit’ for the next few weeks as his name remains linked with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Gregory added: “You don’t put in a transfer request unless you’ve got a club to go to.
“But Christian Benteke saying he wants to leave smacks of somebody with no respect for the club that has turned him into one of the most exciting players in the Premier League. No respect at all.”