Indeed, the transfer of players in the world of football is a natural thing. The players have the right to choose the career path that is best for them. However, sometimes there are players who actually venture to move to rival clubs. In fact, some have even been labeled a traitor by the fans.
The player’s move will feel even worse when they are able to develop and enjoy success with their new club. Here are five players whose departures to fellow Premier League rivals are regretted by their clubs, as reported by The Football Faithful . Check this out!
1. Eric Cantona (Leeds United to Manchester United)
The first name is one of the iconic players who have ever existed in the Premier League, namely Eric Cantona. After a colorful and controversial career with a number of French clubs, Cantona joined Leeds United in January 1992 and helped the Whites win that season. They are four points ahead of Manchester United who are in second position.
However, the deteriorating relationship that existed within the Leeds club, made management surprisingly sell Cantona to their arch-rivals, Manchester United. After joining the Red Devils, Cantona continued to prove himself and was able to become a key figure for Sir Alex Ferguson to dominate the Premier League.
2. Andy Cole (Newcastle United to Manchester United)
Newcastle United managed to rise to become a serious challenger in the Premier League in the 1990s. The success was certainly helped by the productive achievements of the striker , Andy Cole. In his first season in the Premier League, Cole scored 34 goals and provided 13 assists to win the PFA Golden Boot and Young Player awards in the same season.
Being an inspirational figure for the Magpies, United were attracted to him with a transfer record in England at that time, which was 7 million pounds (equivalent to Rp135 billion). Cole finally left and managed to help the Red Devils in winning four Premier League titles and one Champions League title.
3. Ashley Cole (Arsenal to Chelsea)
Ashley Cole is one of the original products of Arsenal’s academy and has enjoyed success with the Gunners. Winning two Premier League titles and being part of the ‘Invincibles’ team , Cole surprisingly controversially defected to the Gunners’ arch-rivals Chelsea.
After being considered an Arsenal legend, he was later judged as a traitor for choosing to leave for his fellow London rivals. While on the one hand, Cole has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League with a series of titles that he has won.
4. Carlos Tevez (Manchester United to Manchester City)
The controversial move between clubs from one city to another was when Carlos Teves moved from Manchester United to Manchester City. Tevez has spent two seasons with the Red Devils and won back-to-back Premier League titles with the club. Forming a front trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, they helped the club win the Champions League title in 2008.
However, the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham the following season has reduced his playing time. Tevez chose to leave and join City’s ambitious project. The Argentine scored 52 goals in his first two seasons and helped the Citizens win their first trophy in 35 years, when they won the FA Cup in 2011.
Arsenal and Manchester United have become the most iconic rivals in the Premier League at the start of the turn of the millennium. However, in the early 2010s, the Gunners’ performance slowly declined and was mostly filled by young, inexperienced squads.
The situation was used by Manchester United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, to hijack the captain of the Gunners, namely Robin van Persie. The sale further weakened Arsenal and strengthened one of their great rivals. The Netherlands international was also able to make a sensational appearance in his debut season at Old Trafford, scoring 26 goals while securing the Premier League title.
Well, that’s five players who regretted their move to fellow Premier League rivals. The departure of the player certainly feels even worse because they are able to develop and enjoy success with their new club.