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Artell: "I Don't Want To Lose Our Key Men"

29 March 2017

David Artell says that he wants a plan in place incase a bid comes in for his top performers this summer.

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that he does not want any of his in-form players to leave this summer but he would shake them by the hand and wish them all the best if the right offer came in.

Artell, who worked in the club’s Academy as the Operations Manager before succeeding Steve Davis as first team manager in January, knows the importance of developing players and selling them on once they have established themselves in the first-team.

Artell told “I don’t want to lose any of them but we are a selling club. Every player at every club has a price for their players and I include the top teams in the world in that. I read the other day that someone was after Neymar for £165 million or whatever that is, so that makes Barcelona a selling club.

“Every player has their price and if a club came in for one of our players and the bid is acceptable to us, then I would be the first to ‘shake their hands and say good on you, you have deserved that, now go on and have a good career.’

“I’ve been a player here, I have worked in the Academy and I am now the manager, and I know that this is the best place for them to develop.

“If they do go and we hope they do at one point then we have to be ready to find a replacement. You cannot totally read it but we will implement a recruitment strategy to give us a better chance of finding the right ones.”

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