Originally Posted by Jimy_Hills_Chin
I am of the thinking that SAF doesn't want to set a precedent, that if you have the talent then you can behave how you wish and push your luck in contract talks. I don't think that the ability of Ravel or how he fits into the squad is relevant anymore, I think it is more what him getting a lucrative contract would say to other youth players and their agents.
But the ability of the player is ALWAYS relevant. If tomorrow the next zidane pops up through the ranks but still hasnt broken through to the first team are we going to pay him according to what Paul pogba might think? No, were going to do the necessary to tie him down for a long time.
Obviously I'm using the great man to make a point rather than draw parallels. Point is you have to make exceptions for exceptional talents. Whether ravel is such a talent is obviously for the manager and his staff to decide.