Express & Star reporter Joseph Masi has denied whispers that West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is currently on holiday.
The 29-year-old was already leaving The Hawthorns this summer when his contract expired and rumors swirled among fans that manager Steve Bruce had cleared the runaway star off early.
But now Masi has dismissed those gossip, taking his own Twitter account to report that Johnstone was still taking part in training as usual.
“Weird rumors are going around that Sam Johnstone is on vacation and Steve Bruce has given him permission to go,” the reporter said.
“It’s not true, he is training normally.”
Whenever a club confirms a player will be leaving, there’s always a rush among reporters to grab the latest swoop on where they might be heading.
The scrutiny of Johnstone’s future is intense at the moment given the season isn’t even over yet and his banishment from the first team by Bruce.
However, the suggestions that he’s already on the beach sipping cocktails while he waits for his summer move is a little disrespectful to who has put on really solid displays for the Baggies, despite now intending to part ways.
It’s a shame Albion aren’t getting a fee for the stopper considering the value he would have held if the club had him under contract, but in the end they are powerless to stop him and have to move on to something else.
The sooner the silly gossip around his future ends, the sooner the club can start finding a replacement.
In other West Brom news, the Hawthorns have been touted as the latest potential destination for this star midfielder.
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