Tuesday 24 October 2017

'When average players are going for £40m, it does make you scratch your head' - Roy Keane on transfer inflation

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the FAI NTC in Abbotstown, Dublin. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the FAI NTC in Abbotstown, Dublin. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE has admitted that he's perplexed by the transfer window inflation that is causing 'average players' to move for huge amounts of money.

The Ireland assistant manager briefly turned his mind to events across the water when the question was put to him in Abbotstown today. Keane is with the Ireland squad preparing for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Georgia.

And the Corkman could not hide his disdain for ongoing movements.

"It's mindboggling, it really is," said Keane. "The figures out there now for players....it's not the player's fault, it's the market and the market value of players. It's mindboggling.

"Especially for the average players. If ever there's a time to be a professional footballer, it's now - average players are going for £35m. My goodness. The really brilliant players are going for big money. When average players are going for £30m-£40m, it does make you scratch your head."

Keane was later asked what some of his former Manchester United team-mates would be worth in today's marketplace and mischievously warmed to the theme.

"Like who?" he responded

"Van Nistelrooy?"

"Ruud would be worth a billion," he replied, with a smile.

"Beckham?"

"A billion."

"Giggs?"

"Two billion"

"Roy Keane?"

"£3.75m", he responded, grinning again.

That was the exact fee when Keane left Nottingham Forest for Manchester United in 1993.

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