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'Needed to go' - The Birmingham City player who gave his wages away as move turned sour

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 9/04/2021 06:00:00 Matt Davies

Guy Moussi's stay at Birmingham City might have been brief, but it proved to be an impactful one.

The French midfielder only played three times for Blues between November 2014 and January 2015 after joining on a short-term deal, following his departure from Nottingham Forest, where he had enjoyed a successful six seasons.

When he joined, Moussi revealed he would be giving away the entirety of his salary to four charities - the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club, Stop Ebola, a church he attends in Paris and the TEV Soma Charity, which raised money for people affected by a mining disaster.

At the time, Moussi said he was pleased to have joined a 'good club' but he now admits the move proved a sour one, with talks over his salary riling him, rather than being part of discussions over what he could do on the pitch.

In the end he decided to give the money, including bonuses, from his time at Blues away.

"When I came to Birmingham I'd been on a good contract at Forest. Birmingham said they couldn't pay me that," he told the Garibaldi Red Podcast.

"For me, I love football more than anything. I hate it when a manager used to talk to me about money.

"Talk to me what I can bring to the team. I've always done things with charities.

"I wanted to help charities. At the same time I wanted to send a message to Birmingham and maybe my ego to say stop talking to me about money.

"I left good people at Forest. I just wanted to enjoy football, so don't talk to me about money.

"I don't want people to give me money and expect something different. If we shake hands, then I don't need the money to give 200 percent because I've given my word. That is worth more to money than money.

"Giving my wages away was to say we're going to do something different."

Moussi admits he found it hard to settle at St Andrew's having spent six years at Forest, a club the French midfielder came to love.

He became jaded there in his final season as former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi made waves and previous good team spirit unravelled.

However, he retained his fondness for Forest and realised he needed to leave the Championship altogether when he played against the Reds in one of his few games for Birmingham.

"At Birmingham we had to play Forest. Going to the changing room of the opposite team and shaking hands with everyone I love, I felt I was going to the wrong changing room," he said.

"I was on the bench and I remember the fans being happy to see me. It was like my people are over there giving me love but I'm fighting against them on the field.

"It was bizarre. In my mind I'd not wanted to play for another Championship team and playing against Forest, after that I felt I needed to go away.

"I wanted to get the pure love of football back."

Moussi's desire to get away took him to Finland and HJK Helsinki but the move did little to reignite his footballing spark.

"I made a lot of sacrifices to keep playing at the best level but I was seeing that it was becoming more and more of a business." he said.

"Instead of people talking to me about football, they were talking to me about money.

"Instead of telling me to talk about what I could bring to a club they were talking about money. Life is about trying to help other people.

"The game changed. The love of the game, I lost it. I never lost the love of football, but I lost the love of everything that went around it."

Moussi has not played professionally since 2015. The 36-year-old now runs a business selling specialist injury rehab equipment with clients including Barcelona, PSG, Liverpool and Manchester United.

9. huhtikuuta 2021 9:00:00 Categories: Birmingham Mail

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