Have a seat young man, and think long and hard about what you are about to do here. We are all very aware of your powers. Even as I was typing this soon-to-be cantankerous post, the site didn’t work for me for about 10 minutes.
But here’s the thing: I’m up to here with you and your agent. We had to go through this same business with you two last season and frankly, once is enough.
Get it sorted, either with us or somewhere else.
Last time this happened, you surfaced and in effect said that your agent was speaking out of turn, recommitted yourself to the cause, and even started giving press conferences in Catalan (swoon!). Awesome.
And now this.
When you have played this season, you have played very well, but you have also been crap. Yes, Busquets got more time than you. And in the Liga, we finished with a higher points total and better goal differential. Is that directly attributable to Busquets? Hell no.
But it might make the point that you through your agent overestimate your power and value to this club. And yet, I don’t even care about that because for me, it’s simple: If you don’t want to be here, then leave. Now. Make a public statement, and the club will find a deal for you and get you the hell out of Barcelona.
At present, it’s just your spectacularly annoying agent, blabbing away. “Yaya is 90 percent gone,” “Yaya is more out of the team than in,” “Yaya wants to be somewhere he can play all the time,” “Money isn’t the issue, he doesn’t want to go to sleep on the bench.”
What. The. Hell. If you aren’t happy, then leave. You’re a grownup who can do what he wants.
The club, through Txiki B., has said that you are a very important player for us, and important to the club’s plans for next season. But, he added, you also have to understand that the coach will play the lineups that he sees fit, that you are part of a team. If that ain’t copacetic with you, big man, we can find somewhere else for you to be.
So what’s it going to be? Nobody wants a player in the clubhouse who doesn’t want to be here, I don’t care how good they are, and you are definitely good, verging on great. As the World’s Largest Attacking Midfielder, you dismantled Valladolid, passing, rumbling and hurdling prostrate defensemen. You will make any team instantly better, and we will be less versatile if you leave.
The club has made it very clear that it would like for you to stay. Does Guardiola have a technical vision that rules you out entirely? Clearly not, or he would have played someone instead of you in the crucial, crucial match against Valladolid. Our season was on the line, and he started you. Clearly, the confidence that he has in you is through the rood. And yet, you utter, through your agent, rumblings of discontent. Imagine how Henry must have felt this season, having been leapfrogged by a Canterano and a Kid. Did he whine? No. He was the picture of professionalism from the bench, fully supportive and understanding that it’s the coach’s team. Playing or not, you support the side. At the very least, sort that crap in private.
I don’t like it. This club has to be a big, happy family to work. If you don’t want to be here, get gone. Now. Why wait, and why let your agent talk even more crap? Get a deal done. Go public, say you want to leave and we’ll make you happy, as we did Ronaldinho. We owe you that, and more. Right now, you’re hedging your bets, as Cesc Fabregas is, by saying nothing, in case you stay with the side next season. I understand the politics. They still suck. Chelsea is the latest rumored destination for you. Makes perfect sense, because you’ll surely be playing all the time there, with Ballack, Lampard, Mikel and Essien just ready and waiting to step aside for you.
Yeah. Right. And the one club where you would definitely fit in and start playing every match, all the time, Arsenal, your scummy mouthpiece has said you don’t want to go to. What, did Kolo poison them against you?
Figure out your destiny.
Right now, here’s what we know: Your agent is stirring up a hornet’s nest. Period. We don’t know how practices went, we don’t know about individual fitness parameters, we don’t know the decision making process behind Guardiola’s lineup and vision. What we do know is that your agent is doing precisely what many agents to, which is to be a pot-stirring thorn in the side. That’s his right. But it doesn’t mean that we have to like it.
“My client is 90% gone.” Make it 100%, if you want. Just do something. “When he goes, Barca will see what it missed.” We already know. Nobody doubts your value to the club. “If Yaya had been in the lineup against Inter, Barca would be in the final.” Sorry, but that just irks the crap out of me. You weren’t playing defense. You weren’t part of the three stupid, stupid goals that were conceded. Abidal, when he was subbed in, almost made a difference. Imagine if he had been healthy and started. So it could just as easily be “If Abidal had been in the lineup against Inter, Barca would be in the final.” Or “If Iniesta had ….” you get it.
The best football club in the world just made itself a lot better by signing David Villa. We should be spending all of our spare time playing fantasy football with Ibrahimovic, Messi and Villa. Instead we’re bickering about whether Guardiola is an idiot, has a Catalan bias, whether you were treated fairly and whether a guy with 21 goals and almost 10 assists is a bust who should be sold.
At least his agent isn’t being an ass.
In my worldview, I don’t care whether anyone, including you, thinks you’ve been treated fairly. Football clubs are benevolent dictatorships in which the coach can do and play what he wants, as long as he has his reasons. Guardiola had his reasons. Some day, he might explain them. Or not. Either way, make a decision, because as I see it, you have some explaining to do to a club and fans who revere you, and believe that you are a great Blaugrana player.
You have the right to do what is best for you and your future, just as Guardiola has the right to play whatever lineups he sees best. He doesn’t have to answer to fans, and maybe you believe that you don’t either. That’s fine.
But in my view, I am still left with a multiple-choice exam for you:
a) Man up
b) Shut up
c) Get gone
All that this club has done is made you into a star. Yes, it was your talent that we brought over from Monaco. Yes, you might have developed into the monster that you are with some other club. But you didn’t. It all happened at Barcelona. What you do next is up to you, but quit screwing around.
For the record, I think you are a remarkable player. I really have no idea why you didn’t play as much this season. I do know that you, Busquets and Keita are different skill sets, and Guardiola knew what he wanted from those skill sets.
Now. Does any of this mean that I blindly trust Guardiola, and follow his every word like a sheep? No. But again, for me, it isn’t any of that. It’s a player who doesn’t want to be here, sitting around and whining through his agent. It’s a pox on the club, and like any disease, it should be cured.
So make a decision. Say something. Because no player, even a star system-sized one, is bigger than this club. Oh, and get busy with that multiple-choice exam.
Love, Baby Kxevin