Smiling El Bob has been speaking of recent transfer activity.
And we like what he says and how he says it, with class. But there's no beating about the bush.
El Bob said: "Everything was done on our terms and that's what is important...The contractual situation of Marouane was quite straightforward: his (buy-out) clause expired on July 31 and from that point on the valuation was completely different and he had a premium on top...More and more you realise that the club make decisions on what is best for the club...If you are contracted to the club whatever the player says counts for very little...If it is not the right terms it is not going to happen...We don't have to sell players and we are in a position where unless clubs meet the player's valuation there will never be a decision made - that was the case with Leighton...It is never a good time to lose important players - and Marouane was a big performer - but with the manner we handled it we ended up with a good squad with more variety and with a focus not just on the present but for the future...Leighton is a vital player for us. We couldn't replace a player like him."
Sounds like Bob thinks Leighton is far more of an important player for us than Fellaini.
Obviously El Bob has a different view of the world from previous manager David Moyes, who tried to unsettle our players so he could get his way at our expense. Instead, El Bob came out of it with even more money and left Moyes with egg on his face.
What do you think?
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