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Date: 23 April 2019

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Benjani, Petrov slam money culture at Man City

[Posted 03 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Benjani and Petrov claim the money culture has killed trust at Man City

Zimbabwean Warriors captain Benjamin 'Benjani' Mwaruwari walked into the eye of a storm after signing for Blackburn Rovers last week by criticising the dearth of team spirit at his former club Manchester City.

Benjani has been quoted by various newspapers in the UK, claiming that the money culture at City has decimated team spirit and that the players are not correctly motivated.

When asked to comment about whether some City players focussed more on money than football, Benjani appeared to be confirming the suggestion in the question.

"Yes, it seemed like that and behind the scenes, there is no trust.

"I would prefer to play for a club where you are being trusted and you trust everyone around you," commented Benjani.

The former Man City forward left his former club at the end of the summer when Roberto Mancini decided to off-load him together with other players such as Bulgarian Martin Petrov. He has now signed a one-year deal with Blackburn Rovers, where he had to prove his fitness before being brought on board.

Benjani had played a paltry 23 games for the Citizens, scoring no more than 3 goals in the process. The arrival of Mancini saw the signing of more mega stars at City, leaving Benjani in the cold.

The African had arrived at the Machester club following a 7million move from Portsmouth  in 2008. Benjani reportedly earned more than 50 000 per week at Man City.

Responding further to some very leading questions from journalists about his thoughts on the impact of big-spending at City under Mancini, Benjani continued with his damning comments about his former club.

 "It sounds great, but in football money is not everything. What is needed is people who can hang around and love you to be there.

"Sometimes you are loved to be there because of money, which is not good. I would prefer to be here at Blackburn without having all those facilities, be happy and trust everyone around you."

It is not only Benjani who has revealed the lack of trust and dearth of team spirit at Man City. Another former player Martin Petrov, also gave scathing remarks about the impact of the money culture at his former club.

"The human relationships are lost and the trust is lost too. In this situation the players are going to play like millionaires in games and are not a team on the pitch," Petrov explained.

"At City nothing is clear. The team are looking for identity," retorted Petrov.

Benjani and Petrov's comments are sure to attract angry reactions from the City management in the next few days. The comments are also likely to bring about more revelations about possible further rot at the club.

The downside of the outspokenness of the two players about their former employers is that future employers might view them as players who lack loyalty. The golden rule in many job interviews  is "never slam or speak badly about your former employers".

Benjani and Petrov are nearing the end of their careers and they might not be worried about implications of their comments. Young players though, are best advised to avoid an ill-advised tirade against former employers/clubs.




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