WF Quotes of the Week: Wes Hoolahan's Foul-Mouthed Rant, Hernanes Thanks Lazio
With the last bits of activity in the January transfer window being concluded over the last week, there's been an intense eruption of commentary from within the football sphere.
And, in this context, the speculation and quotes that emit from all business concluded provide the metaphorical smoke to the fire that is transfer dealings.
This week, Emmanuel Frimpong and Hernanes gave their quite opposite reactions to leaving Arsenal and Lazio, respectively, while Wes Hoolahan might be hoping for a switch, but never got his way.
On top of that, Pepe Guardiola may be more open to seeing one of his star midfielders leave than was at first thought, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi reveals some of the key points to becoming a Paris Saint-Germain player.
All that and more lie ahead in the world football quotes of the week.
Emmanuel Frimpong: 'How Am I Gonna Draw Girls Now?'
Emmanul Frimpong may never have achieved star status at the Emirates Stadium, but at least his playing credentials will have lent themselves well to the midfielder's romancing in his personal life.
Well, it appears as though the infamous 'DENCH' promoter may no longer be able to rely upon such comforts, and he's all too aware of it following a transfer deadline day move to Barnsley.
Despite deleting the tweet immediately, Frimpong posted on Twitter, per David Kent of the Daily Mail, saying: "How am I gonna draw girls now?"
Having taken a step down from the Premier League, one would like to think there's some bigger priorities at hand, but then perhaps thinking along these sort of lines is part of the reason Frimpong never managed to crack Arsene Wenger's first-team ranks.
Hernanes' Emotional Goodbye to Lazio
Having arrived at the Rome outfit in 2010, Hernanes has spent the past four years developing an intimate bond with the Lazio fans, the club with whom he's made massive strides in his career.
The Brazilian international completed a deadline day move to Inter, however, calling time on his days at the Stadio Olimpico at least for now...but it didn't come without its share of emotion.
As the attached video shows, the midfield playmaker couldn't help but break down as he left the club's training ground for the last time, but UEFA.com report Hernanes as forming a more cognitive tribute in the fallout:
It was a difficult choice because the Lazio fans showed me they really loved me. I couldn't sleep last night; it was a difficult day for me. I will always carry these fans in my heart. I knew they loved me, but I couldn't imagine how much.
The cutthroat style of the modern era makes it seem as though such bonds are becoming increasingly uncommon at the elite level, but it's thanks to loyal stars such as Hernanes that the notion will be kept alive.
Oleg Luzhny Calls Yevhen Konoplyanka a 'Headless Chicken'
Having made more than 50 appearances for the Ukraine national team during his playing days, Oleg Luzhny has some credentials when it comes to recognising the talent of his native land.
Surprisingly, however, the former Dynamo Kiev manager thinks Liverpool may have been handed a blessing in disguise by not signing Yevhen Konoplyanka.
"I don't think the English league is right for him," said the ex-Ukrainian international.
"Konoplyanka's style of play is better suited to Italy or Spain. The game in England is totally different - it's about power. You have to run back and forth, back and forth. You run at speed up and down, and it's like that for 90 minutes.
"I saw how he played in the [World Cup qualification playoff] second leg against France, when Ukraine lost 3-0, and he was like a headless chicken. It is a completely different level. When you play in the Ukraine, you can afford not to run."
Whether one agrees with the veteran's views or not, there's no denying that it makes for comical punditry.
Pep Guardiola on Toni Kroos: 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow'
Given how important a figure Toni Kroos has been for Bayern Munich during their recent successes, one might think that Pep Guardiola is eager to hang onto the midfielder's talents as much as any other in his squad.
However, with just 18 months remaining on the playmaker's deal, the Spaniard has provided reason to believe that there may be some wiggling room in his availability.
"He is an important player but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow."
It's difficult to imagine such a carefree approach being taken with the likes of Mario Goetze or Franck Ribery, so perhaps Europe's big guns should start readying the summer transfer budgets.
Wes Hoolahan's NSFW Norwich City Rant
Wes Hoolahan raised a few unexpected eyebrows this transfer deadline day after his reaction to a fairly innocuous question didn't go down a treat at Carrow Road.
According to Peter Layton of the Daily Star, a television crew were filming at the ground and stopped to playfully ask the midfielder if he was heading for other pastures on the last day of asking.
With an altogether more serious mood in his input, Hoolahan responded: “I hope so. This is a f****** s******* club.”
In response, Chris Hughton is reported by Layton as saying:
I’m not aware of that so it’s something I will have to investigate. I will decide whether or not he will be in the squad for Saturday’s game at Cardiff.
This is an unsettling time for players in his situation. But it’s not the first time we have had to deal with an unsettled player and it won’t be the last.
Hats off to Hughton for keeping quite such a cool head on matters, but one would doubt whether that's the last Hoolahan hears of the matter after giving some reporters more than they bargained for.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi Addresses Yohan Cabaye Transfer
As it turns out, it's not actually that difficult to become a Paris Saint-Germain player. Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi outlined the criteria that led him to approving Yohan Cabaye's purchase last week.
We decided to target Cabaye for three reasons.
One, he is a very good player, very interesting to us. Two, I have never met him but I was told he is a nice guy.
Three, he is French and it is very important for us to recruit French players at PSG in order to win the French championship.
So, if there are any hopefuls out there who are French, nice and by some degree talented in the sport, it may be worth applying.