Originally Posted by Uppercut
Did he say it was lack of ambition? I thought he was using the whole "direction of the club" thing as a way of saying it's a financial thing without actually saying it. They have that extremely rigid wage structure that means guys like Bendtner and Denilson get far more than they would anywhere else and star players like Van Persie get far less. As well as just wanting more money, it's a disagreement over how much he's worth to the club.
As I've said, he can do whatever he likes with his own career. If he wants to go to X club and be paid X amount of money is absolutely fine.
But to pose and posture as if he's being forced out of the club due disagreements over its direction is utter drivel. He was certainly happy with its direction when he was spending 6 months of the year on the physio's table.
The wage structure certainly has its flaws. The fact that Denilson, Diaby, Bentdner, Squillaci and the recently departed Almunia are/were on mega salaries is disgraceful. However, if it prevents a player like Van Persie from demanding a wage hike to something around £250k per week, it'll save something like £7m per annum, and when you're not a club with the financial structure of either of the Manchester teams, I think it's the wisest approach.