Surely set for an Anfield exit!
Liverpool fullback Alvaro Arbeloa admits the UK’s new tax laws could see foreign players skip out on the Premiership.
Arbeloa said: “In the last few years the Premier League has been much better than the Spanish league, but now that may even out thanks to factors that could give the Premier League more problems than in previous years, like the fall of the pound and the raise in taxes.
The 26 year old, currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup, told El Mundo: “I am happy at Liverpool, but I have something to prove in Spain as I did not show my best form in La Liga. One day, I’m sure I will return.
“It is always nice to be linked to big teams – even to this Madrid side in a time of transition. They are working hard to build a great team.
“I have one more year remaining on my Liverpool deal, but anything can happen.
“A contract renewal is in the air. I am contracted for one more year, but if Liverpool get an offer, they will consider it. It is all in the hands of my agent.”
The Source: (tribalfootball.com)
It does seem a little like Alvaro Arbeloa is getting his excuses ready before he is on his way. You can understand where he might be coming from on this one, there he is, minding his own business at the Confederations Cup (pointless waste of time that is by the way) and checks his morning papers to see that Liverpool are trying very hard to sign another right back, it probably would therefore make sense that he is keeping his options open.
You can’t blame him and if he does leave to join Real Madrid I think the fans would understand, the danger of course would be that if the club failed to get Johnson to sign on the dotted line then Rafa risks upsetting his first choice full back in the process.
As for the tax reasons and falling pound being a good reason to look for a move elsewhere, well there is a strong financial sense behind that statement but it’s a bit morally bankrupt to decide to leave a club because you have to pay more tax in a certain country, but If Arbeloa does leave I am sure it will be simply because he realises he has been replaced or at the very least has been essentially told he is replaceable and therefore the fans would understand his decision.
Arbeloa to Real Madrid: I think this will happen regardless of whether the club signs Johnson