The 28-year-old managed to scupper a move to the Middle East outfit by reportedly making some outrageous demands.
The paper reported that Roma and Al Jazira reached an agreement over a €13million (£9.25m) transfer – only for the player’s wish list to bring it to a screeching halt.
The Ivorian, who has impressed for Roma over the last two seasons in Serie A, has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Italy over the summer.
But it seems that unless a club is willing to part with a private beach and a chopper, he is going to stay exactly where he is.
The exact details? Apparently Gervinho asked for a helicopter to be at his disposal at all times, along with accommodation for his entire family.
Oh, and a beach to call his own and a number of plane tickets to travel back and forth to the Ivory Coast.
There’s nothing wrong with a footballer requesting whatever he likes from a contract, but it certainly doesn’t mean he will get it. Gervinho clearly really wanted a private beach and personal helicopter, along with a few extras – and who wouldn’t, particularly if you’re being asked to move to a glorified sandpit-cum-building site like Abu Dhabi? His brazen request is to be admired, even if it didn’t quite work out for him. If he has another goal-laden season there may just be a team mad enough to meet his demands this time next year. Good luck!
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