How do people feel about this practise? I know it might sound a bit dramatic and echo Blatter's infamous 'slave' speech about Ronaldo - but I can't agree with a club refusing to allow a player to leave, for any price, when he has stated that he wants to be elsewhere? I do appreciate that contracts have a purpose, but my opinion is that largely, they protect the financial interests of both parties. If a player under contract wants to go, ultimately, a price needs to be agreed to terminate that contract (this may have been pre-agreed by way of a clause), and then we get on with it. But there should never be a 'no price' situation, with the best solution a chairman can come up with is to refuse to entertain, and insist an unhappy player turns up in July and plays football here whether he likes it or not. Take our friend Daniel Levy. He has reportedly communicated to Manchester United that Eric Dier, who also reportedly really wants to join Manchester United, will not be allowed to leave for any price. Take Monaco with Mbappé. They have communicated that they really 'want' him to stay, and have used language like trying to 'convince' him to stay (in theory, he has a contract, they don't need to convince him) - but if his contract is to be broken, we have set an abnormally large termination price. For me, that's how it should work. Contract or not, I can leave almost any workplace in the world. It becomes a question of remuneration of course, but forcing an employee to stay at a job for perhaps another 3 years against his will seems ridiculous to me.