Moussa Dembele inspired our loyal footballers feature.

Loyal footballers: Stars that decided against moves to bigger clubs

Loyal footballers

Moussa Dembele is loving life at Celtic, so much so that his agent has now suggested he could stay for four more years.

The in-demand French forward has banged in the goals this season, and attracted firm interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea.

But who knows what the future holds for Dembele (15/8 with Paddy Power to sign for Liverpool before September 1st 2017), he may decide to even stay for the rest of his career?

Whether he does or not remains to be seen, but it got FootyOn thinking anyway.

Which past or current stars have turned down tempting offers to stick with the club they loved?

So, read on to find out other loyal footballers…

Marcos Senna

Marcos Senna was a firm fan favourite for the Yellow Submarine faithful.

We start off with former Spain international Senna.

Okay, so he wasn’t so loyal to the nation of his birth, Brazil, but he enjoyed his time at Villarreal so much that he stayed there for other 10 years and played made more than 350 appearances for them.

Despite being courted by the likes of Man Utd during his career, he eventually stayed on the Spanish east coast.

Senna won just two Intertoto Cups during his spell with the Yellow Submarine, after joining from Brazil.

But he did at least claim a Euro 2008 title with La Roja, while was also named Spanish Player of the Year in 2008.

Matt Le Tissier

Unlike Senna, Le Tissier was not as appreciated by his nation – earning just eight caps for England.

However, the same could not be said for his former club Southampton, whose fans nicknamed him ‘Le God’

The Guernsey-born attacking midfielder was praised by many throughout his career for his creative, technical and penalty taking skills.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez even used to idolise him growing up.

Higher-profile clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, Man Utd and others abroad were all heavily linked with Le Tissier, but he chose to stay where he was comfortable and loved.

Alan Shearer

Next on our loyal footballers list is Newcastle United legend Shearer.

Man Utd certainly missed out on a number of stars over the years, and Shearer was one of them.

The current pundit has always stated that he has no regrets rejecting the Red Devils, but admits it could’ve happened.

After a prolific spell with Blackburn Rovers, who he won the Premier League with, he moved back to his home-Toon club.

Shearer stayed there for the rest of his career to become the highest ever PL scorer, despite picking up no silverware.

Steve Gerrard

Gerrard is often said to be Liverpool’s greatest ever player – along with Kenny Dalglish.

It is said that he came very close to signing for Chelsea at one stage, to link up with fellow England great Frank Lampard, but he instead saw out his career in England with the Reds.

Gerrard certainly won the most trophies of the other loyal footballers on this list, but the Premier League trophy was the one that eluded him.

Still, the Champions League triumph in 2005 will always go down in history, and Gerrard was the man who started the thrilling comeback that day.

He is now back with his boyhood club as an academy coach.

Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti is a Roma icon, and features in our loyal footballers piece.

Roma clubman and icon Totti is the only currently player of the five mentioned, but aged 40 it is now very unlikely he’ll ply his trade elsewhere.

The Italian capital club has always been Totti’s priority, and he retired form the national team in 2006 to focus on the Giallorossi.

While not as littered with trophies as Gerrard, he did at least win the domestic league in 2000/01.

Totti was also incredibly a Serie A runner-up on eight occasions, but is a World Cup champion with Italy.

Roma are 11/1 second-favourites with Boylesports to lift the Italian league title, in what could quite probably be the King of Rome’s last ever campaign.

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