‘Liverpool target’ Pereira to face disciplinary action
Reports in Palma are suggesting that Real Mallorca are set to take disciplinary action against French winger Michael Pereira over his ‘lack of efforts’ against Real Valladolid and agents claims that Sevilla and Liverpool are interested in the player. Disruptive agent Nikola Franco has once more attempted to cause trouble with his latest claims which have left Joaquín Caparrós furious.
Pereira was a 55th minute substitute in the 3-1 loss to Real Valladolid on Saturday but once more failed to have any real influence in the game. in the dressing room following the game, Caparrós has reportedly criticised Pereira for his efforts. And minutes later, assistant head coach Luci Martín followed up with his own criticisms too. The tensions come days after Pereira’s agent Nikola Franco had once more linked the winger with other clubs.
‘Sevilla are just one option for Pereira,’ Franco is reported as telling Estadio Deportivo. Along with Sevilla, Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Lyon are all interested in securing the services of the 25-year-old, according to the player’s agent. But these comments are just the latest in a long line of outlandish comments from Franco, whose reputation is not done any favours by linking a player who has been completely ineffectual for the past 18 months with some of Europe’s top sides.
Franco first became a thorn in Mallorca’s side back in the summer of 2010 when Pereira was due to sign his first professional contract with the club. In August 2010 he claimed that the club had failed offer the Frenchman a contract meaning he had to take out a loan, endorsed by Franco, to pay two months worth of rent. It was later revealed that the club had indeed offer a contract but were being held to ransom by Franco over an extortionate €500,000 agent fee.
The player went on to publicly state his unhappiness at the club in November 2011 after not being given as many chances as he felt he deserved just after Caparrós took over as head coach. And then, on the evening following the club’s final game of last season, Pereira announced his intention to leave the club via Twitter stating, ‘thank you to everyone. We deserved much more. I always said I wanted to leave something to the club.’
Despite eventually not leaving the club in the summer, he still didn’t from refrain by going back to the media to say he was ‘disappointed’ with the way the club had treated him. ‘The damage has been done,’ he was quoted as telling the press in July 2012.
He was criticised by his own team mate Emilio Nsue in March 2012, when the Spaniard ranted, ‘fuck any player who says they play by their agent. I am a Mallorquinista, I am not here to score six goals and then go’. Former club president Jaume Cladera also criticised the Frenchman saying, ‘if we need to talk, we do it in the offices and not in the press.’
It is now believed that Caparrós will drop Pereira from the squad in addition to the disciplinary action for his lack of concentration on the team’s cause with Mallorca only picking up 1 win in the last 13 league games. The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2014.