Giovani Dos Santos Being Held Hostage

Jun 3, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos (10) looks to pass the ball during the second half against Brazil at Cowboys Stadium. Mexico shut out Brazil 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

I know that sport makes people say some asinine things, but Giovani Dos Santos' agent might have said one of the dumbest things I've heard (this week). Dos Santos is, now that Luka Modric has departed, Tottenham Hotspur's resident malcontent. The Mexican International's agent Vicente Montes told Italian website (Via Sky Sports here):

Dos Santos is held hostage by Tottenham, but at the end of his contract he'll have the opportunity to agree a deal with another club.

There are a number of reasons why this statement is incredibly stupid, but let's start with one that comes straight from Mr. Montes' mouth.

As yet, no concrete offer has arrived. Giovani still has one year left on his contract with Tottenham and the market is currently in a very difficult time.

HOW CAN HE BE A HOSTAGE IF NO OTHER CLUB HAS EVEN MADE AN OFFER FOR HIM!!!!1!!1!1!! Mr. Montes goes on to blame Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy's negotiating tactics for why no one has made an offer for Dos Santos. This may be a valid criticism, but that doesn't change the fact that you said something very stupid Mr. Montes.

I understand that sport is a pervasive part of life. I also understand that Vicente Montes probably didn't actually mean that Dos Santos is a hostage, but it's still a dumb comparison. Last time I checked hostages were not paid tens of thousands of pounds to play a game for a living. Nor were they allowed to go to night clubs and buy magnums of champagne or win gold medals playing for their country's national team.

Does the situation at Tottenham suck for Gio? Sure it does. He came in and the manager that wanted him was sacked. The new manager didn't think much of his partying lifestyle or his lack of effort in training and that was pretty much all she wrote. By the time Andre Villas-Boas arrived at Spurs dos Santos had already made up his mind to leave. He missed all of preseason because he was at the Olympics and when he did return he got hurt. None of that makes Giovani Dos Santos a hostage. It makes him unlucky, and possibly unwanted.

In the future, Mr. Montes, the world would appreciate it if you kept your mouth shut.


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