Frederik Ronnow’s failed deadline day move to Crystal Palace is getting plenty of coverage in the Danish media because it’s the second time it’s happened in two transfer windows.
Ronnow nearly moved to Palace in the summer, and then again saw a transfer collapse on deadline day.
Speaking yesterday in Denmark, the 25 year old goalkeeper said: “I’m obviously annoyed, but also clear and motivated. I could choose to go and cry in the corner, but I wouldn’t get anything out of it.”
Now his Brondby manager has had his say, and Alexander Zorniger isn’t happy at all.
Perhaps putting the summer trouble down to a one off, Zorniger has now revealed his anger towards Crystal Palace.
Quoted by Danish newspaper BT, the Brondby manager explained: “Frederik was in the same situation last summer. The same club would have the same player on the last day of the transfer window.
“I don’t know if anyone can understand what they do, I’m not able to do. But he is still here and we’re very happy.
“Maybe they think it’s professional, but from my point of view it’s unprofessional. It’s disrespectful to another club.”
Crystal Palace’s bid was around £3.7m according to the Danish media, which is also around the figure they tried to sign Getafe’s Vicente Guaita for.
Brondby’s sports director Troels Bech is shares Zorniger’s anger, explaining the offer simply came too late for the club to sign a replacement, so they had to kill Ronnow’s dream: “The offer came so late that it became unrealistic to get things together. It was a serious challenge, and it also proved to be greater than could be accomplished to get a replacement in.
“If we had found the correct replacement, I’m sure there would have been a possibility that Frederik could have moved, but then it wouldn’t have been a situation to stand significantly weakened ahead of spring matches.
“With respect for teammates, those folks who follow the club and those who have delivered blood, sweat and tears for the past 12 years to get in the position we are in now, we have to show that we also take care of the good situation and he (Ronnow) agreed with that.
“I would like to make everyone happy, but if we’re going to make someone happy at the expense of a lot of others, that’s not the case. I have a responsibility towards Frederik, but I also face the 250,000 Brondby fans registered around the country.”
This may be a broken bridge worth rebuilding for Crystal Palace, some contrition now could make things easier if the Eagles return in the summer.
Just not on deadline day next time though.