Gervinho has denied he bizarrely asked for a helicopter and private beach in contract negotiations with United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Jazira.
Reports earlier this week suggested the former Arsenal winger’s move to the Gulf side broke down because of his obscene demands.
But Gervinho has been forced to come out and deny that he asked for a helicopter, a house for his family, a private beach and unlimited plane tickets to his Ivory Coast homeland.
He doesn’t actually give a reason for the £10million transfer from Roma hitting the skids, but he does maintain that it’s not because of what he’s asked for.
I read of helicopters, private beaches and plane tickets. I have no idea where that information comes from, but I have never demanded such things.
When I sign a contract I don’t care about those things: everything that has been said about me is false.
Al-Jazira backed up Gervinho’s denial and blamed the breakdown of the deal on technical details.
A statement from the club read:
We confirm that we stopped negotiating with Gervinho but this was purely because of technical details and not because of the player’s demands, as reported by some online sources.
It was a good story while it lasted.