Gabriel Heinze is a player some Manchester United fans won’t remember with too much fondness.
Despite winning the Premier League title with the club, and being named their player in 2004/05, the Argentine’s time at the club wasn’t flawless.
That’s down to his efforts to force a move to Liverpool back in 2007. That whole affair didn’t go down well, and the former left-back has admitted he wished his departure from Old Trafford had been a better one.
Fast-forward to this summer and Heinze is now being linked with the Argentina job, and in an interview with Clarin Sports, his current contract situation was discussed.
Heinze explains that he doesn’t have a release clause but, using a conversation at Manchester United as an example, that would not stop him.
“It reminds me of when I was 24 years old. I told the coach of the club (Manchester United) that if he wanted me to rescind, I would rescind (the contract), but that I would go to the Olympic Games,” he says.
“Defending the shirt of Argentina is the most beautiful, the most important. It is the shirt that transmits something else, the national team is a weakness.
“That does not mean that I am qualified, far from that. I do not think about anything either.”
Heinze told Sir Alex Ferguson to let him go to the Olympics, or potentially see the player walk out on his contract at Manchester United. He ended up winning an Olympic gold medal, so no doubt believes he was absolutely justified to force the situation.