This is from an article by Alex Bellos that appeared in The Guardian in September 2006.
“The transfer of Mascherano and Tévez is a permanent transfer for an undisclosed price and undisclosed terms. It is not a loan or anything like that. There is no clause for them to play or not to play. That is totally the manager’s choice. If Alan [Pardew]
doesn’t think they are good enough to play any game, or for tactical reasons, then that is his choice.”
That quote is from Kia Joorabchian. Either the man is an out and out liar or he was telling the truth. Which is it?