suck it, fifa
Arsene Wenger has been one of the few people to speak against Fifa's proposed ban of signing U-18 players. Wenger who has been known to develop young talent, rather than making big-money signings argues that the young players receive top treatment, and applying such laws would restrict them from opportunity.
"If your players cannot move to the best clubs, I believe they will not improve," Wenger said. "I am against the process of stopping the players moving to the top level. If you have a child who is a good musician, what is your first reaction? It is to put it into a good music school, not in an average one, so why should that not happen in football?"
"People think that we take 30 players every year and you get them into your academy," he said. "No, it's not like that. When we take one or two, we give them a top level education, we give them a top level scholarship, and we look after them socially.
"Look at the alternative. If you ban players from moving before the age of 18, you know what will happen? The player will be sold anyway,'' he said. "To whom? To agents. At what age? At 13, 14. Where will they go? Not to top-level clubs with top-level education.
"They will go to clubs who have been bought by business people, of a very low level, and will stay there until the age of 18 waiting to be sold. The money will go out of the game. You have always to look if you make one decision, what kind of alternative?
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