Alex Tune’s profession went off-key at Barcelona however is now attempting to hit the suitable word at Arta Photo voltaic 7
Eight years in the past Alex Tune signed for one of the best membership on this planet, now he’s starting a brand new journey at a facet that almost all of followers is not going to have heard of till this week.
In midweek, Tune ended his eight-month footballing wilderness by signing with African outfit Solar 7 who play within the nation of Djibouti, on the east coast of the continent.
The 33-year-old had been with out a membership since March when he and eight different gamers had been dismissed by Swiss membership Sion for refusing to take a pay-cut in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Midfielder Alex Tune has made a shock transfer to east Africa to affix Djibouti membership Arta Photo voltaic 7
The 33-year-old had been with out a membership since March after being sacked by Swiss facet Sion
That top-profile incident was the most recent in a profession that might and will have promised extra for the Cameroonian, who was purchased by Barcelona in August 2012.
The Spanish giants paid £15million for his companies from Arsenal that summer season – a snip contemplating the 2011-12 season he had simply accomplished.
Tune, then 24, had shone on the Emirates making 34 Premier League appearances and allotting 11 assists because the Gunners completed third. He had come a good distance from beginning out as a youth participant at French outfit Bastia and likewise spending a spell at Charlton throughout his early time at Arsenal.
Signing a five-year deal the Nou Camp, Tune stated at his unveiling to Barca TV: ‘I am very comfortable to be right here, that is one of the best group on this planet. Enjoying at a membership like Barca is one thing I wished after I was younger.
‘I hope the group will proceed to win, this can be a profitable group. They win all the pieces.’
Barca’s 2011-12 marketing campaign was nearly flawless as they collected the Copa del Rey, FIFA Membership World Cup, UEFA Tremendous Cup and the Spanish Tremendous Cup previous to Tune’s arrival. That they had completed second in LaLiga and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League too.
Tune made a reputation for himself at Arsenal and shone particularly in the course of the 2011-12 marketing campaign
His Arsenal type noticed him signal for Spanish giants Barcelona, becoming a member of in 2012 for £15million
Tune poses for photographers on the Nou Camp after competing his transfer in August 2012
The midfielder greets Barcelona supporters by signing autographs forward of his unveiling
ALEX SONG’S CAREER
+ Arsenal, mortgage (2005-06)
+ Charlton Athletic, mortgage (2007)
+ West Ham, mortgage (2014-15)
+ West Ham, mortgage (2015-16)
Rubin Kazan (2016-18)
Arta Photo voltaic 7 (2020-)
+ LaLiga (2012-13)
+ Spanish Tremendous Cup (2013)
Because the membership appeared to regain LaLiga and the Champions League, they noticed Tune as a squad participant – somebody who would cowl the function of Sergio Busquets in holding midfield, but additionally as a possible centre again choice in future if accidents dictated.
Then-sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta talked up his versatility in his press convention to raised eyebrows on the considered Tune mirroring what Javier Mascherano and Rafael Marquez had carried out beforehand on the membership by transitioning from midfield to centre again.
The late Tito Vilanova, then Barcelona supervisor, tried him in defence a number of occasions that season with out a lot success.
Nonetheless, three months into his debut season in Spain he scored an astute end from a Lionel Messi pull again towards Actual Zaragoza – with the Argentine instantly speeding over to congratulate him.
Tune would begin 17 video games that season and helped the membership regain LaLiga as they completed with 100 factors – 15 greater than bitter rivals Actual Madrid.
Nonetheless, the Cameroonian’s time on the membership can be extra memorable for incidents away from the pitch – as the next LaLiga trophy presentation proved.
A way of pleasure for Tune turned to certainly one of delicate embarrassment when he thought Carles Puyol was handing him the league trophy on the ultimate day of the season.
He needed to take an embarrassing step again when he realised it was Eric Abidal – just lately returned from a liver transplant – who Puyol wished to elevate the cup aloft to a full Nou Camp.
Tune’s second season was much less profitable. Then supervisor Tata Martino began him simply 12 occasions in 2013-14 as Barca solely gained the Spanish Tremendous Cup.
When the Argentine stood down on the finish of that time period, his successor Luis Enrique made it clear to Tune that he wasn’t a part of his plans in pre-season by not affording him a single minute of motion of their friendlies. He was the one participant to not function. It was the clearest of messages.
Tune, pictured in motion towards Celtic in 2012, made 65 appearances for Barca over 4 years
The midfielder mistakenly tried to take the LaLiga trophy from Carles Puyol again in 2013 – Barca’s captain had truly wished Eric Abidal (proper) to lift the trophy with him
Tune was shipped out to West Ham on a season-long mortgage in August 2014 making 34 appearances for the membership. He impressed to start with however his type worsened because the facet started to hunch.
Underneath Sam Allardyce they had been third within the Premier League on Christmas Day however gained simply three matches between Boxing Day and the tip of the season to complete twelfth.
It was a case of deja-vu for the midfielder in 2015-16 as he re-joined the Hammers on one other season-long mortgage. Underneath Slaven Bilic the membership fared higher, ending seventh within the league that time period. Nonetheless, Tune made simply 15 appearances in all competitions.
Upon his return to Barcelona, in the summertime of 2016, the midfielder noticed his contract cancelled by the membership – regardless of having one yr left. It was a mutual settlement and one which allowed him to affix Russian outfit Rubin Kazan on a free switch.
Nonetheless, the transfer to Russia wasn’t certainly one of bliss. After one season he was near becoming a member of Championship outfit Birmingham Metropolis in summer season 2017. That transfer didn’t materialise and only a months later he was again coaching with Arsenal having been launched by Rubin Kazan.
In August 2014, Tune would be part of West Ham on mortgage and began brightly there earlier than tailing off
Nonetheless, he re-joined the membership on one other season-long mortgage in 2015 however featured much less often
Tune was certainly one of many gamers who had their contract terminated attributable to Rubin’s lack of ability to pay their gamers’ wages – with he himself owed £7.9m. He finally bought the cash after FIFA intervened.
To emphasize the dire state of affairs positioned upon him in Russia, Tune was compelled to reside on the membership’s coaching floor following a false promise of being given a home.
After six months of residing in a lodge, he was advised of the distressing information.
‘I spent my time sitting in my room and I’d by no means even put the lights on after I was in there. I simply sat with my laptop, no tv on, nothing, as a result of I could not perceive any of the Russian TV,’ he advised the Telegraph.
After having his contract mutually terminated by Barcelona, Tune joined Rubin Kazan in 2016
‘My complete life was simply a pc and cellphone, and that is not wholesome. I do not know why I did not swap the lights on. They labored, however I suppose I used to be feeling low and I used to be by myself.’
Issues did get brighter for Tune although with the transfer to Sion on a free in August 2018 as he famous in his Telegraph interview of November 2018.
‘To don’t have any cash coming in made it very troublesome. I had all these folks working for me and serving to me, and I had no earnings of my very own.
‘I mainly misplaced a yr of my profession in Kazan. Now I’m beginning video games [at Sion] and I’m comfortable once more.’
That turned out to be a nightmare although because the Russian membership quickly bumped into monetary issue
Nonetheless, that happiness turned to sourness as as soon as once more Tune turned embroiled in a dispute with the membership he was at.
In March this yr, Sion sacked 9 gamers together with former Arsenal duo Tune and Johan Djourou after they refused to take a pay-cut within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to decimate the funds of golf equipment all through Europe.
The Swiss league was halted indefinitely on the time due to the outbreak – which continues to be severely hampering groups’ skills to usher in a lot wanted income to proceed paying their taking part in and non-playing employees.
Tune and eight different gamers had been fired after both failing to reply to a WhatsApp message to the squad from membership president Christian Constantin or refusing his supply. Constantin wished the Sion gamers to take a ‘technical unemployment’ deal which might see them obtain a decreased fee of round €12,000 (£10,750) to assist the membership cope with financial difficulties attributable to the league season being halted.
Talking out on the state of affairs, Tune gave his model of occasions – including that he’s ready to take Sion to court docket over what he perceives to be unfair dismissal.
After leaving as a free agent, Tune (pictured in 2019) joined Swiss outfit Sion on a free in 2018
The previous Cameroon worldwide advised RMC Sport: ‘My lawyer will handle it, let’s go to FIFA. We’ll defend our rights.
‘We performed a pleasant on Friday (March 20) and we had been supposed to fulfill with the president on Monday, then on Tuesday. We had no information.
‘We acquired a WhatsApp message on Tuesday afternoon to inform us that everybody needed to signal a paper telling us that our wages had been being lowered, that we had been going to be paid round €12,000.
‘We had been to return the paper the following day at midday. We acquired this doc with out rationalization.’
Tune defined that he was reluctant to return this doc with out totally understanding its implications.
Tune is ready to take his case to FIFA and take authorized motion towards Sion after he was sacked – together with eight team-mates – for refusing to take a pay-cut in the course of the coronavirus disaster
The previous Barcelona participant added: ‘I’m a footballer, it isn’t my job. There are folks to confirm that [the document]. I could not signal it, we did not have any discussions.
‘All of the golf equipment are speaking as we speak. Our captain did not know something. We determined collectively to not signal this doc. We wished to speak.
‘I didn’t make any skilled misconduct. All of the golf equipment speak to their gamers to seek out options. We don’t perceive what occurred. Nobody can perceive.’
In addition to Tune and Djourou, the opposite gamers let go by Sion had been Christian Zock, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Birama Ndoye, Mikael Facchinetti and Seydou Doumbia.
Regardless of having been with out a membership since March earlier than becoming a member of Arta Photo voltaic 7, Tune nonetheless hit the headlines in Might when he opened up on his obsession with cash and revealed he ‘did not suppose twice’ about leaving Arsenal for Barcelona as soon as he discovered how a lot he can be incomes on the Nou Camp.
The Cameroonian hit the headlines in Might as to why he actually joined Barcelona from Arsenal
His transfer to the Nou Camp noticed his wage improve from £55,000-a-week to £70,000-a-week
Regardless of being advised he would not play a lot, Tune did not care because of the improve of his wages
The transfer to Spain noticed the midfielder earn a pay rise from £55,000 every week at Arsenal to £70,000 every week at Barcelona.
‘I met Barca’s sporting director, and he advised me I’d not get to play many video games,’ Tune stated, in an Instagram reside chat with skilled basketball participant and compatriot Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, as reported by Cameroonian web site Lion Indomptable.
‘However I did not give a f***. I knew that now I’d grow to be a millionaire. When Barcelona supplied me a contract, and I noticed how a lot I’d earn, I did not suppose twice.
‘I at all times say, a younger man of 20 who drives a Ferrari is poor, as a result of at 20 you have not carried out something but. However a person of fifty who drives in a Bentley, is a person to respect.’
Tune, who signed for Arsenal in 2006 and made 205 appearances for the membership, has additionally revealed how he was blown away by Thierry Henry’s automobile when he arrived at coaching.
Tune pictured on prime of his Rolls Royce Phantom in 2015 – certainly one of many autos he purchased
Possession of vehicles are clearly vital to the midfielder – judging by this Instagram put up
‘Once I arrived at Arsenal… I arrived at coaching then I noticed the king arrived (Thierry Henry) with a automobile however rattling, the automobile was a jewel and subsequently I advised myself that I wanted the identical automobile no matter the price,’ Tune admitted.
‘I swear that after two months I had my automobile returned, all my cash was going to gas and I advised them give me a Toyota.
‘Once I bought to coaching, Titi requested me “however son the place is the automobile”, I advised him “this automobile it is not at my degree!”‘
Might’s feedback had been astonishing admissions by Tune. At 24 he had the footballing world at his toes taking part in alongside the likes of Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Nonetheless, he was too involved by the cash.
Now 33, that will not be the case on the humble environment of Arta Photo voltaic 7. The membership play in Dijbouti which is located on the east coast of Africa. The nation itself is presently ranked 185th on this planet out Fifa’s 210-strong record, whereas they’re 51st in Africa – with solely Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea ranked decrease on the continent.
Tune says Thierry Henry’s automobile at Arsenal motivated him to earn extra and purchase a greater automobile
Final season Artar Photo voltaic 7 gained the Djibouti Cup and completed fourth within the nation’s prime flight. Because of their victory within the former, they’ve certified for the Confederation Cup, the second-tier African membership competitors, the place they are going to face Egyptian facet Arab Contractors within the preliminary spherical.
Tune has signed a two-year deal and can put on the No 17 shirt on the membership.
‘I’ve signed a two yr contract with Arta. This is a chance to advertise Djibouti soccer,’ he tweeted.
In addition to taking part in, native media report that the Cameroonian will oversee the group’s youth growth – a choice made after he met with the membership’s president.
If that’s the case hopefully Tune will inform these subsequent era of footballers to study from his errors. Tune gained 49 worldwide caps for his nation and was a part of a Barcelona title-winning squad however his profession went off-key.
It will be fascinating to see if he can hit the suitable word at Arta Photo voltaic 7.
The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder will probably be hoping for a contemporary begin at Arta Photo voltaic 7