Here are four players who signed a new contract, only to depart in the following summer transfer window.
4. Florian Thauvin
Thauvin fell out with Lille’s officials due to disagreements over the structure of his contract, namely his wage evidently, he felt that after his outstanding performances for Bastia; he was worth more money than Lille had initially agreed to pay. The club for their part refused to improve his terms, and so the player went AWOL from training.
Rather than protract the whole affair, Lille then decided to wash their hands of a player they should’ve had on their books until 2018 selling him to Marseille for around £12m; making a tidy profit in the process as they’d only paid Bastia around £3m.
Ironically, Marseille signed him on a five-year dea; before he moved to Newcastle United two years later, proving that if you’re Florian Thauvin, contracts evidently don’t mean a lot at all.
3. Gareth Bale
By 2011/12 he was still at White Hart Lane. And to confirm his loyalty to the club; in the summer of 2012 he inked a new four-year contract. The contract apparently gave Bale a big bump in pay as well as a new squad number.
Bale stated that he wished to take Tottenham back into the Champions League, but Spurs fans were dreaming if they thought that would happen. Just a year after signing his new deal; Bale was off to Real Madrid for a world-record shattering transfer fee of around £85m.
It was a sad day for Tottenham but realistically Bale’s contract was never going to be completed; once a club like Real Madrid begins to sniff around a player it’s only a matter of time before they arrive at the Bernabeu, contracts are damned.