Monday, 18th August, 2014

Former Sporting Lisbon captain Antonio Morato has slammed Marcos Rojo and Islam Slimani for their actions in recent weeks, as each push for moves away from the club.

Striker Slimani has been linked with a number of sides following his performances for Algeria at the World Cup, while Rojo is the subject of a €20m bid from Manchester United.

Argentine defender Rojo has slapped in a transfer request and also refused to train. He has since though apologised and vowed to return to train with his team-mates.

Morato, who played for Sporting Lisbon between 1983 and 1989, is disgusted by the pair however and has slammed them for "ingratitude" given each was only signed recently, and for the fact the Portuguese side helped their rise to prominence.


"The soap opera has its effects because the two are missed at the club, but only with a clear head", Morato told Bola Branca.


"However, it should be remembered that it was Sporting who launched them.

"No one knew them, and they are showing total ingratitude.

"After the first year that they stand out, they want to go", he added.

And, Morato added: "You do not see this at Benfica and FC Porto."

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