Earlier this evening the Metro reported that rumoured Arsenal target and FC Copenhagan star Andreas Cornelius had opened the door for a summer move to the premier league by saying:
“The Premier League is the best league in the world, and I would love to play there”
Which seems really positive (although I can’t say that I’m surprised that a player plying his trade for FC Copenhagan fancies a move to the Premiership). What does intrigue me though is how the Metro reached the conclusion that Cornelius is set for a summer move when the actual interview (with bold.dk) tells a different story:
“I think that the Premier League is the best league in the world and I would love to play there”
“It would be like a dream coming true. But there is still a long way and I still have plenty to learn”
“I have a contract with Copenhagen for the next four years so that seems like a good timeframe for me, although things change quickly in football so you never know.”
Now dont get me wrong here. I’m sure that Cornelius will be leaving FC Copenhagan at some point in the future (he’s currently topping the Danish Superliga scoring charts with 14 goals to his name and he is only 19) and it might well be to a Premiership team – possibly even us (although by all accounts – all of the top European clubs have had a look at him so I doubt that it would be a straight forward transfer). But what this does highlight is that some parts of the press will happily take something out of context in return for a headline. Cornelius isnt looking for a summer move. He is happy and admits he has a lot to learn (maybe he could teach TGSTEL some life lessons). As he rightly says – “things change quickly in football” – so a summer move can’t be ruled out – but the picture the Metro initially painted is very distored. Always check the context.