Sometimes, just saying nothing works out best for everyone concerned – as these players who went against their word soon found out.
Mesut Ozil joins the likes of Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes and Lionel Messi in a list of players under the age of 30 to call it quits from international football.
Despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence he would stay until the end of the season, Alexis Sanchez has ditched Arsenal and headed north for greener pastures.
French midfielder Samir Nasri is set to leave Manchester City despite impressing during pre-season, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has joined the likes of Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey and Marouane Fellaini by dying his hair platinum blonde.