Benoit Assou-Ekotto slams Premier League badge-kissers as big fakes claiming many just can’t wait for the transfer window
- Benoit Assou-Ekotto believes players are only trying to make fans happy
- Former Tottenham defender refuses to believe players are truly passionate
- Assou-Ekotto now plays his football for money in France with St Etienne
- Cameroon defender says Steven Gerrard truly meant the symbolic gesture
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has waded in with his damning opinion of some of the current professionals plying their trade in the Premier League, claiming many are merely ‘waiting for the transfer window’.
The former Tottenham Hotspur full-back developed a reputation at White Hart Lane for being refreshingly honest with his disinterest in football, admitting he would not know who he was playing from one week to the next.
Assou-Ekotto, who returned to France with Ligue 1 side St Etienne during the summer, makes no bones about what the sport means to him, with the Cameroon left-back on record as saying he plays for the money.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 31-year-old revealed that he finds the act a celebrating a goal with a kiss of the badge all rather amusing, with several of the biggest culprits down the years making a mockery of such a show of loyalty.
‘I can tell you in nine years that I saw many players kissing the badge,’ Assou-Ekotto said. ‘Maybe they make fans happy when they score and kiss the badge but many of them are waiting for the transfer window.
‘Players like Steven Gerrard, who had Real Madrid or Chelsea wanting him and he said he would stay at Liverpool, they must love football and the club.
‘But it’s a business. Most players say it’s a passion but they think it’s a job. People think footballers are stupid airheads. But only intelligent people think about being paid correctly for the work you do.’
Emmanuel Adebayor, who was released by Spurs by mutual agreement on Sunday morning, was often pictured kissing the badge of their bitter north London rivals at Arsenal, while wantaway striker Saido Berahino would often point to the West Brom crest in more recent times.
Only this summer, Fabian Delph bewildered Aston Villa supporters by performing a dramatic U-turn in joining Manchester City, after the former Villa Park captain had dismissed the move by outlining his vision for the forthcoming campaign.
He issued a statement on Saturday 11 July, which read: ‘I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight.
‘I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.
‘I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am. I love the club. I love being here. This is my club.’
Six days later, Delph moved to City, joining Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League leaders in an £8million deal.