Normally we only have to remind fans to ignore speculation during transfers windows, and we do that in the best interests of our playing staff and our supporters. Given the level of speculation about Martin and his position at the Club we feel it is necessary to do the same thing now.
Much of the reporting that has been carried since mid-August has been speculative and unfounded and accurately provided information has been disregarded.
Chairman, Daniel Levy stated, “There has been no board meeting, let alone any emergency board meeting, and reports that we have agreed a compensation package with Martin are wholly inaccurate - we have not even discussed the subject and there is no reason to do so. We will not allow ourselves to be side-tracked or undermined by external agendas or media hype. Our focus is on winning games.
“For the record Damien was not in Barcelona this weekend, he was watching Southampton v Barnsley!”
Who to believe? Would anyone really choose Barcelona over Southampton?