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Is Stephen Ireland 'Retiring' To The MLS?

Is Stephen Ireland 'Retiring' To The MLS?

Yahoo Sports have picked up on some quotes about Michael Ballack.

Why does that affect Villa?

Well, if you gave me a second and stop interrupting I`ll tell you!

Apparently Ballack wants to move to the MLS but the New York Red Bulls are apparently more interested in our very own enigma, Stephen Ireland.

Ballacks agent, Michael Becker told goal.com that his player would love to play in New York but added that NY manager Erik Soler has "already made massive promises to Stephen Ireland in October."

Ireland action

His agent then 'attacks Ireland`... not the country, the player you understand?!

'Why would you go for a no-name player who no one knows, who hasn't started in months, when Michael Ballack is available?'

So... what would you do? Would you sell Ireland or are we just starting to see the glimpses of the quality player who this Club and team could desperately do with?

Let us know in the article comments and also, our new poll asks the very same!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday March 20 2012
Time: 11:34AM

Comments

0
Would rather keep him, depends on what wages he is on and how he is in training/ dressing room etc really
The Fear
20/03/2012 11:36:00
0
"'Why would you go for a no-name player who no one knows, who hasn't started in months, when Michael Ballack is available?'" - errr, cause Ballack's **** and older than the Queen, perhaps?
BristolVillan
20/03/2012 11:50:00
0
I guess it depends on how much they want to pay. If we could get the same money back (£8m I think it was) then it might be worth doing. Also how much is he on? £70k I hear? Might be nice to get that off the wage bill. The trouble is attracting a decent replacement.
jsmccue
20/03/2012 11:54:00
0
Sounds like Ballack's agent is a tad sour and needs to represent a younger player Ballack is over the hill..The MLS is getting bigger and no longer needs to take Europe's "oldies" for one last pay day!! Ballack will prob go to China they are the new up and comers and may well pay for a knackered old German for another season or two.
only 1 spurs
20/03/2012 11:54:00
0
Keep him IMO looked class lately
avfcsimmsy
20/03/2012 12:19:00
0
Definitely keep him, would be stupid to sell unless of course his wages are a huge problem. He's only starting to come good now, and one of the few creative players we have. Brett Holman is not his replacement.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
20/03/2012 12:20:00
0
Got to be a balance between wages and urgency of need. He has started to show glimpses of the decent player we know he is, but is it too little too late.
Charizma
20/03/2012 12:29:00
0
Offered very little that one of our 'young' up & coming players couldn't do on such a "consistent" basis, so to get 70k a week off the books i'd say if we can get a 5m transfer fee for him it's great business.....
YatesyVillan
20/03/2012 12:31:00
0
It all depends on where is head is, we are beginning to see the quality he has. Hopefully he has sorted his head out, must have as he said he woukld like to get back to international football for the World cup campaign. COTVABU
irish villa
20/03/2012 12:35:00
0
5mil for a player we 'paid' 8 for who is now in his prime and clearly has quality in him? How is that great business, in this day & age? Ok, so he's not currently playing at the top of his game, but he's on the up...didn't Chelsea pay 50mil for some striker who used to be good, but now isnt, but still might become good again? Same sort of story with Ireland, surely? I'm not saying we'd get anywhere near that for Stevie, but I'd expect at least what we paid for him, especially when you consider we managed to flog Downing for 20million!!
BristolVillan
20/03/2012 12:38:00
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