admits that "breaking up" is not easy to get together
In the early morning of October 5th, Beijing time, in the fourth round of the Eredivisie match, Eindhoven defeated Sittard 2:0 at home fortunately. The old Guangzhou R&F player Elan Zahavi staged his Eredivisie debut, and he sent a beautiful pass assist in the starting lineup.
With the official representation of Eindhoven, the story of Zahavi and R&F basically turned over. In an exclusive interview with Israeli journalist Oren Yosipovich, Zahavi responded positively to leaving R&F-Zahavi admitted that "breaking up" is not easy to get together.
■New Express Reporter Wang Di/Compilation
Breaking up is not a good get-together
Reporter: How does it feel to leave R&F for the new club?
Zahavi: After I played two UEFA Europa League matches, I knew that I would not return to China. The club and I want to separate. They are taking action to end the contract with the lowest possible economic loss. Of course I am the same. I have seen many news reports that R&F took the initiative to terminate the contract with me. That is not true. R&F has never proposed to terminate the contract, or even issued my transfer certificate. I feel that R&F did not show a goodwill gesture on my transfer issue, and it added a lot of trouble to me. In the end, FIFA intervened to make my transfer successful.
Reporter: So, isn’t it a peaceful break up with R&F?
Zahavi: Of course not. I told Katzaf (Zahavi’s agent) two years ago that R&F and I will not get together and get together, and we will definitely get involved in FIFA. In my opinion, we don’t actually need FIFA arbitration, but the relationship between the two parties did end badly. In the end, FIFA can only decide who is right and who is wrong. To be honest, this result makes me regretful, but I also understand that there is no emotion in the football world. For both the club and the players, football is a business. If someone values feelings too much, it can only mean that he does not understand professional football.
Reporter: When did you start thinking about leaving the team?
Zahavi: In November last year, after I broke the Golden Boot record in the Chinese Super League, R&F and I opened contract renewal negotiations. To be honest, I didn't think about leaving China at the time because the conditions offered by R&F were very charming. I am already a 33-year-old veteran. If there is not really a major position promised by giants, then I should choose to stay on the team without hesitation. Unfortunately, the progress of the contract renewal negotiations is very slow, and there are problems in every link, so that the negotiation has not been reached for a month. At the same time, R&F defaulted on the bonus I deserved. It was clearly stated in my contract that the bonus must be paid within 30 days after the goal was reached, but they did not pay me. I took a strike to express my dissatisfaction and sent two lawyer letters to the club. I already felt that the club’s attitude was different from before. When other teams sent invitations, I said to myself "it’s time to leave."
never thought of hanging up boots at R&F
Reporter: So, does R&F Club want you to leave?
Zahavi: The club said that they would give me a 4-year long contract, so that I can play at R&F until I reach 37 and hang up my boots here. I said to my boss, "I will not accept a 4-year contract, and I never thought about retiring at R&F." In the end, we agreed to renew the contract for 3 years, but I am very clear that this contract will not really be available.
Reporter: Why do you think the New Testament will not have?
Zahavi: I can understand the boss’s behavioral language. I think R&F just wants to make me feel better and make me work harder when playing games. The club is probably thinking of ways to cut salaries. Many of the main players have left this year. I guess the club may really be under financial pressure, but I think I need more respect.
Reporter: So you didn’t sign a new contract?
Zahavi: We negotiated the annual salary and other conditions, and shook hands. I gave them a few days to prepare the new contract. When the contract was formally ready, I thought about the previous bonus payment when I read the contract terms for the last time, so I decided to give up signing because I wanted to take control of my own. future.
Reporter: Why did the club let you join the European League?
Zahavi: On the national team match day in September, FIFA agreed that the club would not release players, and R&F suddenly and confidently refused to let me return to the national team. At that time, I almost accepted the club's decision, but after careful consideration, I decided to leave. The UEFA Europa League is a good display platform. If I can play these two national team games well, then I will have the opportunity to join European clubs. Therefore, I firmly stated that I would leave, and the club finally agreed.
Reporter: When was the decision to move to Eindhoven made?
Zahavi: I didn’t have any quotes when I left, but I probably understood the trend of things. R&F revoked my team registration. They deprived me of my basic right to play, so even if I returned to the team for training and paid, I still could not participate in the game. After this happened, I thought that action must be taken and I am very happy that the transfer to Eindhoven was successful.
Strive to prove yourself in Eindhoven
Reporter: Everyone thought you would leave R&F sooner.
Zahavi: I was close to leaving the team during the winter transfer window. In February of this year, Locomotive Moscow offered to lease me to R&F, but it didn't take long for the Russian Super League to be suspended due to the epidemic.
Reporter: At R&F, you might never win the championship, right?
Zahavi: This is one of the reasons I want to leave. I have not achieved any team achievements. This year, the team did not have any important players to supplement. Although it has changed the coach-Van Bronckhorst is also working hard, even if Guardiola coaches R&F, R&F will not succeed. The team is not strong enough to be among the top four in the Super League. . Of course, the level of our 5 foreign aids is good, but we also need more outstanding local players. R&F is simply unable to compare with Evergrande, SIPG and Guoan. In the 2017 season, R&F nearly qualified for the AFC Champions League, but that was also because Guoan and Suning played poorly that year.
扎哈维：这是我要离开的原因之一。我没有取得任何团队成就。今年，球队没有任何重要的球员需要补充。尽管已经改变了教练范·布朗克霍斯特（Van Bronckhorst）的工作，但即使瓜迪奥拉执教R＆F，R＆F也不会成功。球队实力不足以跻身中超联赛前四名。 。当然，我们的5名外援水平不错，但我们还需要更多优秀的本地球员。富力根本无法与恒大，SIPG和国安进行比较。在2017赛季，富力几乎获得了亚冠联赛的参赛资格，但这也是因为国安和苏宁那一年表现不佳。
Reporter: Chinese clubs have always wanted you. Will they be your choice in the future?
Zahavi: In the past, China's giant clubs were my choice, but it won't happen in the future. Before, R&F refused to let me go, and R&F rejected all transfer offers. I was very angry at R&F’s "stinginess". R&F bought me for 8 million US dollars, but was unwilling to sell me for 30 million US dollars. That's right, R&F has repeatedly given me raises, but in fact, R&F also made me miss the opportunity to make more money in other clubs. Now this is all in the past tense, what I have to do now is to try to prove myself in Eindhoven.
Zahavi said in his heart, but R&F treats him not badly
■The enemy of the king
Josipovich has a close personal relationship with Zahawi, and he is also the author of Zahawi's autobiography "Road to a Winner". In the face of Josipovich, Zahavi should have said what he said in his heart. Even if his words may not be objective, they can at least represent his position.
In mid-September, after Zahavi was arrested by the Israeli police for noise issues, Zahavi once said that the R&F Club was like a woman crying to the media about scumbags after breaking up. In fact, even if Zahavi violated the local law, R & F Club did not express its dissatisfaction with Zahavi directly, and even thanked Zahavi for his contribution through social media.
It is always difficult to get along with people. Over time, it is not surprising that Zahavi and the club are at odds, but it is not fair for Zahavi to pour "dirty water" on the R&F Club. For Zahavi, R&F has almost reached the point of "compromising everything". Not only was it satisfied in terms of salary, but it even met Zahavi's living requirements. Before the 2019 season, he "recommended" fellow Saba to join, and Renatinho was forced to leave Tianjin. In the summer, he put his personal fitness coach Xiedo into the coaching staff and drove the original fitness coach Diwan to the reserve team...
To some extent, R&F Club is constantly being "kidnapped" by Zahavi, but it is a pity that "appeasement" has not been able to get a good result. When the team was unsuccessful, Zahavi was the first to leave without mercy. To this day, Zahavi still stated that his conflict with R&F will be arbitrated through FIFA, but R&F does not want to go to court with Zahavi. In the words of Huang Shenghua, chairman of the R&F Club: "A gentleman breaks off friendship, and he does not speak bad words." After all, the end of the world is still there, not telling Bo Liang.