Rooney, Tevez, Suarez - 10 wantaway stars who came crawling back

A number of high-profile players are awkwardly stuck at clubs they hoped to leave in the transfer window, but it is a familiar tale.

Rooney, Tevez, Suarez

Rooney, Tevez, Suarez Source: Getty Images

While a number of teams went big as records tumbled this year, the story of the most recent transfer market perhaps focused on those who did not move.

Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez, Ross Barkley and Diego Costa were among the players that looked certain to leave their current clubs late in the window.

But the moves never materialised and it now looks as though these stars will have to reintegrate themselves back into their respective squads.

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However, the class of 2017 are hardly the first to angle for a transfer before sheepishly returning.

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

United had won three consecutive titles with a front line of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez when the latter two players left in 2009, with Chelsea taking full advantage to be crowned champions the following campaign.

And just months into the 2010-11 season, Rooney almost followed Ronaldo and Tevez out of the Old Trafford door, with Alex Ferguson announcing the forward's intention to leave the club.



Rooney clarified in a statement that he doubted United's ambition, but then quickly changed his mind, signed a new contract and was back in the team and scoring before the end of the year.

United won the title in 2011 and 2013, while Rooney stayed in Manchester until this year, departing as the club's record goalscorer.

Carlos Tevez - Manchester City

Tevez was initially a hero at City after leaving rivals United, but a four-year career at the Etihad Stadium was not without controversy.

The Argentina international retracted a transfer request in the 2010-11 season, but his issues with the club looked to have reached a point of no return less than a year later.

Named on the bench for a UEFA Champions League game at Bayern Munich, manager Roberto Mancini claimed that Tevez refused to warm up and then called for the forward to leave City.

But his stance did not last long. Tevez apologised and, having been pictured on a golf course during his absence, mocked the situation with a cheeky celebration in a hat-trick against Norwich City, before featuring in a final-day title win.

Luis Suarez - Liverpool

The controversial forward (carrying a 10-match ban) tried to engineer a move away from Anfield before his 2013-14 season return, with Arsenal reportedly making a bid that totalled £40,000,001 - one pound above his release clause.

However, Suarez was convinced to stay at Liverpool, netting a brace at Sunderland as he made his first league appearance of a remarkable season.

A dramatic late collapse saw Liverpool lose the title to City - with Suarez pictured in tears after a draw against Crystal Palace - but the Uruguay international did then finally get his move and joined Barcelona.



Luka Modric - Tottenham

As with Liverpool and Suarez, Tottenham were only able to delay Luka Modric's departure by a year, but enjoyed a fine last season with him in the side.

Chelsea had reportedly made numerous bids for the midfielder on the eve of the 2011-12 season and Modric, seemingly dismayed at Spurs' refusal to sell, sat out of an opening day defeat to United.

Harry Redknapp urged Modric to get on with his Tottenham career as the transfer deadline passed - and the Croatian did exactly that.

A fine campaign inspired Spurs to a fourth-placed finish. Still not enough for a Champions League place - due to Chelsea's European title win - Modric departed for Real Madrid as his former team-mates prepared for the Europa League.

Yaya Toure - Manchester City

As with Tevez, City have twice had to face the prospect of Yaya Toure moving elsewhere - with his agent Dimitri Seluk involved on each occasion.

Seluk first announced Toure's unhappiness after the 2014 title win, claiming the midfielder was upset that City had not wished him a happy birthday.

While both parties moved on, there looked to be no way back in 2016 when new manager Pep Guardiola left Toure out of City's Champions League squad and Seluk claimed the player had been humiliated.

Guardiola demanded an apology and Toure - eventually - obliged, returning to the team with a crucial brace at Crystal Palace.



Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

Most players in this list understandably questioned the ambition of their clubs, but Steven Gerrard's loyalty wavered in the weeks after Liverpool's 2005 Champions League triumph.

Although Rafael Benitez's men had scraped past Premier League winners Chelsea in an intense semi-final, it was Jose Mourinho's side who looked set for an extended stay at Europe's top table.

Only the Istanbul victory had secured Liverpool's return to the Champions League and Gerrard soon announced his intention to leave Anfield, describing "the hardest decision I have ever had to make".

But these differences were soon ironed out and Gerrard returned to captain his hometown club for a further 10 years, before ending his career with LA Galaxy.

Saido Berahino - West Brom

Unlike many others on this list, Saido Berahino has not bounced back from a fallout particularly successfully.

With West Brom rejecting a bid from Tottenham, the outraged striker vowed that he would not play again under chairman Jeremy Peace.

Albion stood firm, though, turning away further bids from Newcastle United and Stoke City, and Berahino soon returned to the team.

But he failed to rediscover his prior form and, even since finally joining Stoke, has yet to recreate his fine 2014-15 campaign.

Peter Odemwingie - West Brom

Berahino really should have considered Odemwingie's example when trying to force an exit from West Brom - the former Nigeria international's slump has been similarly desperate.

After hitting double figures in consecutive Premier League seasons, Odemwingie pushed for a move to QPR in January 2013, turning up outside the London club's Loftus Road stadium on transfer deadline day.



However, QPR had not had a bid accepted for Odemwingie, who was forced to return to West Brom with his tail firmly between his legs.

Appearing as a substitute in the final months of the season, an unhappy switch to Cardiff City followed before Odemwingie's career in England ended with Stoke City, Bristol City and Rotherham United.


Pierre van Hooijdonk - Nottingham Forest

Having arrived at the City Ground too late in the 1996-97 season to save Nottingham Forest from relegation, Pierre van Hooijdonk scored 29 goals in the second tier to ensure his club's instant return to the top flight.

However, after returning from the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands international took issue with Forest's unambitious transfer dealings. Van Hooijdonk handed in a transfer request and then, when that was rejected, decided to strike.

Returning to the team, Van Hooijdonk scored against rivals Derby County, but that failed to sufficiently smooth things over and Forest were relegated at the end of the season.

The forward later conceded that the situation "could have been handled differently", but, for Forest fans, whose club has not since returned to the Premier League, it was too little, too late.

Virgil van Dijk - Southampton

The tales of woe now being told by the likes of Coutinho and Sanchez must sound painfully familiar to Southampton's Virgil van Dijk.

Before the aforementioned late moves of the recently closed transfer window, Van Dijk looked certain to move on and join Liverpool.

However, the Reds were forced to apologise to the Saints for making an alleged illegal approach for the Netherlands defender and the move slowed to a halt.

Despite handing in a transfer request, Van Dijk had long since been resigned to remaining at Southampton as Coutinho and Sanchez attempted to race through big-money moves.







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Published 8 September 2017 at 2:05pm