It wasn’t until Jiang Shaoyu turned around and left that everyone’s minds returned. They all looked at Lu Xingyun. They had never seen Lu Xingyun’s expression so ugly. It was almost like he had a bad stomach when eating and couldn’t find the toilet. There was a feeling of suffocation, extreme suffocation!
Han Ting said in a trembling manner, “This Coach Jiang is too fierce and he doesn’t give us any face at all. Brother Lu, what should we do?”
“Shut the f*k up? What can we do if we are caught?” Lu Xingyun grabbed his hair in an irritable manner. Then he took a deep breath and turned to Coach Xu. “Old Xu, what were you doing? The national team’s coach came over for an inspection and you didn’t know how to say anything?”
Old Xu wanted to cry without tears. “They brought a signal jammer and suddenly raided. They called us collectively to the meeting room and borrowed my account to send you a notice. I wanted to tell you but it was too late. The message couldn’t be sent.”
This raid inspection was too scary! They even brought a signal jammer?
The group of players were a bit confused. In the past, it wasn’t a big problem for other players to be scolded since they had no hope of going to the national team. However, Lu Xingyun and Zhang Yue were miserable. The members of the national team in the last season most likely wouldn’t be able to enter the national team this season.”
Old Xu patted Lu Xingyun and Zhang Yue on the shoulder and comforted them. “Don’t worry. Coach Jiang is just angry. In a few days when his anger subsides, we will find another way… Sigh, let’s go train first.”
The team members had to turn around and go back to their seats. They turned on their computers and played the game in a dejected manner.
In the small meeting room next door, Jiang Shaoyu called the players by name. “Pang Yu, Si Wenhui, come in with me first. Shu Chen, wait a moment.”
Shu Chen obediently stood aside while Jiang Shaoyu led the two players into the meeting room.
Hug-Pang Yu, the sniper of the TNG main team. Sing-Si Wenhui, the scout of the main team. These two people were temporarily moved to the 2nd team in today’s training match. Their performance wasn’t bad. They didn’t scold their teammates when they lost and instead found a way by changing tactics. The cooperation between the scout, who searched for locations, and the sniper was quite smooth. Their reaction was also very fast after being rescued by Shu Chen. Jiang Shaoyu could see that the talent, strength and mentality of these two players were good.
However, Pang Yu was chubby and his face was almost about to turn into a square. When he laughed, his eyes narrowed into a slit and were almost invisible. He looked very cute. Meanwhile, Si Wenhui was thin as a pole and it felt like a gust of wind could blow him over. He looked a bit like a villain in a TV drama with his hair dyed yellow. In terms of appearance, these two people were indeed far away from Lu Xingyun and Zhang Yue.
The two of them walked into the meeting room in a trembling manner and bowed to Jiang Shaoyu together. “Coach Jiang.”
Jiang Shaoyu told them, “Sit down.”
The two of them exchanged looks before sitting down on the sofa.
Jiang Shaoyu said, “Pang Yu, you played well today and your command during several waves of team battles was very calm. Do you usually command when it is TNG’s matches?”
Pang Yu hurriedly waved his hands. “It is usually Brother Lu who commands.”
Jiang Shaoyu raised an eyebrow. “Lu Xingyun commanded? So how did you win?”
Pang Yu and Si Wenhui: “……”
They didn’t know how to answer this question. Pang Yu smiled and scratched his head while carefully thinking of the wording. Then he heard Jiang Shaoyu say pointedly, “Si Wenhui goes to scout the locations while you kill the key people in seconds. Then the ones who aren’t so strong are handed over to Lu Xingyun for him to collect heads, right?”
Pang Yu’s eyes widened. “How did you know?!” Then he noticed that he made a mistake and hurriedly lowered his red face.
Next to him, Si Wenhui felt like he was sitting on a needle. He also bowed his head and didn’t dare to speak.
Jiang Shaoyu told them, “Rest assured, I’m not the coach of your club and I won’t make life difficult for you. Say what you want to say. In fact, you are the best among the five players of the TNG main team. However, the club wants to support Lu Xingyun so whenever you play, you can only give the heads to him. Is my guess right?”
Pang Yu and Si Wenhui looked at each other.
Unexpectedly, Coach Jiang had just come to TNG for one day and saw through the problems of their team.
In fact, Pang Yu’s sniper level could actually rank among the top in the entire league. It was just that the club supported Lu Xingyun and didn’t attach importance to Pang Yu as a fat boy. In order to play on the main team, he had to become the ‘secondary attacker’ and let Lu Xingyun be the core. There were times when he could clearly kill the opponent with a headshot, but if Lu Xingyun was nearby, he would wound the opponent and let Lu Xingyun take the head.
Si Wenhui had a good relationship with him and the two of them came to a consensus in private—give a few heads to Captain Lu. In the end, TNG would win and no one would lose.
Coach Jiang’s words were right. The key to TNG winning was actually his cooperation with Si Wenhui as they helped Lu Xingyun clear the obstacles.
Pang Yu lowered his head and his voice trembled slightly. “C-Coach Jiang, thank you for your concern but we are used to giving in to him.”
Si Wenhui also nodded with a pale face and added softly, “Yes, we have to give in to him. Lu Xingyun is the nephew of the investor behind TNG and we don’t dare offend him.”
Jiang Shaoyu’s eyes narrowed. “It seems that he is a rich second generation? No wonder.”
He paused and looked at Pang Yu. “You are stronger than him but you have to keep giving in to him. In a fierce competition, you can obviously headshot your opponent but you have to give Lu Xingyun a head. You are also very tired of this, right? Once you make a mistake, it is easy to lose and Lu Xingyun will scold you for not keeping up with the rhythm. Do you want to feel wronged like this and suffer all the time?”
Pang Yu and Si Wenhui exchanged looks, their hearts full of mixed feelings. They were small, invisible players. In fact, no one paid attention to them. They looked ugly and had no background. The club didn’t pay attention to them and their fans were a pitiful number. No one had ever spoken for them.
Yet today, Coach Jiang Shaoyu of the national team actually cared about their situation in the team.
It was like a person who had been frozen for a long time in the cold winter, only to suddenly be stuffed with a heater. Both of them were a bit overwhelmed.
Jiang Shaoyu saw their panicked expression and sighed in his heart. “The national team will hold an open trial this year. You can come and participate if you are interested. Regardless of whether you are selected in the end, you will be able to learn from professional players of a similar level. It is also an opportunity to enrich your experience.”
Their eyes lit up. “Can we also participate?”
”Yes, can we qualify?”
Jiang Shaoyu nodded. “In the future, the selection of the national team won’t require recommendations from the club. Every player is eligible to participate.”
The two people: “……”
Every player was eligible! In the past, it was the club that pushed people over. People like them shouldn’t expect to go to the national team at all. The national team was out of reach for them! Meanwhile, Coach Jiang actually ignored the club’s recommendation and wanted to make an open selection. Small players like them had a chance!
The two of them clenched their fists in excitement. It didn’t matter if they were selected or not. The important thing was that they were eligible to be selected! Everyone competed fairly and entered the national team through strength, not by club relationships. This was true fair play!
Xiao Pang bowed to Jiang Shaoyu. “I know, thank you Coach Jiang! I will definitely participate when the time comes.”
Si Wenhui also bowed. “Thank you, Coach Jiang. I will go too!”
Jiang Shaoyu told them, “Yes, go and tell Shu Chen to come in.”
The two of them turned to leave and met Qi Heng at the door.
Vice-chairman Qi leaned against the door with his arms crossed and said in a low voice, “Every June, the league will open the mid-season transfer window. Any player who doesn’t want to stay in a club can apply for a transfer and the club must not block it. If the contract hasn’t expired, the penalty fees will be deducted from the transfer fee or paid by the new club. This is the rule of the league.”
The two of them looked at Vice-chairman Qi with shock. The latter laughed and said, “I am just reading the rules of the league. I’m not saying anything. Realize it yourself.”
The two of them hurriedly nodded like they were mashing garlic. “Thank you, Vice-chairman Qi!”
If they couldn’t realize this then they were both fools. Vice-chairman Qi’s meaning was obvious. If they didn’t want to be buried in TNG, they could transfer. Players had the right to take the initiative to transfer. This was the regulation of the league. If the club maliciously blocked it then they could complain to the league and the league would support them!
The two men walked away happily like they had won the lottery.
Qi Heng looked at their backs and was somewhat amused. This fat and thin combination was actually quite powerful. They were indeed wronged in TNG. He believed that as long as these two children weren’t stupid, there was a high probability that they would reconsider their career. He was also a professional player and he was really angry when he saw these outstanding children being buried! Every time he came for an inspection previously, TNG showed a particularly positive attitude. It seemed they received a notice and put on a performance for him in advance.
Ah Yu’s method of launching a raid had directly exposed the true face of some clubs.
Qi Heng glanced at Shu Chen, who was obediently standing next to him, and his voice was gentle. “Shu Chen, go inside. He is waiting for you.”
Shu Chen knocked on the door and heard a familiar voice coming from inside. “Come in.”
He pushed open the door and entered the room. After seeing him, the originally cold and sharp gaze lost its sharp edge and became very gentle.
Jiang Shaoyu motioned for him to close the door. Then he immediately stood up and walked over to Shu Chen.
After a few years, Brother Yu had grown much taller than before. Shu Chen was a beta and his height could only reach the bridge of Brother Yu’s nose. Shu Chen saw Brother Yu standing in front of him and lowered his head to obediently call out, “Coach Jiang…”
Jiang Shaoyu smiled slightly, reached out and gently rubbed Shu Chen’s head. “There are only the two of us here. Why are you calling me Coach Jiang?”
Shu Chen’s eyes were slightly red and he was choked up as he called out, “Brother Yu!”
Jiang Shaoyu sighed lightly and reached out to take Chen Chen into his arms.
This person was like his younger brother. Shu Chen was the top medic he dug up to play e-sports and personally trained! He was a well-behaved child with social fear and couldn’t speak. He wouldn’t fight for his rights and only knew how to silently follow everyone to quickly save them.
In many fierce competitions, how many times had Shu Chen braved the rain of bullets to cross the map and save Jiang Shaoyu? How many times did he take the initiative to go out and be shot by the opposite side just to give Jiang Shaoyu a chance for a second or two?
Why was such a good medic being bullied by TNG and forced to sit on the cold bench?
Jiang Shaoyu felt like he was being pricked by a needle at the thought of Shu Chen being scolded by his teammates in every match. He rubbed Shu Chen’s head in a distressed manner and said in a low voice, “I have wronged you over the years.”
Shu Chen suppressed his tears and hugged Brother Yu tightly. This sentence was like injecting a warm current into his heart.
Brother Yu still cared about him. After many years of separation, the friendship they had established during the ACE period hadn’t changed. Shu Chen was an orphan and had no relatives in this world. He had always regarded Jiang Shaoyu as his older brother in his heart.
Jiang Shaoyu noticed that the person in his arms was shaking slightly and felt even more distressed. He let go of Shu Chen and sat down on the sofa with Shu Chen, asking softly, “Why did you sign with TNG in the first place?”
Shu Chen stammered, “T-They paid me a very high transfer fee and promised to let me play on the main team. I signed without much thought.”
Jiang Shaoyu raised an eyebrow. “And then? How long did you play on the main team?”
“After coming to TNG, I played on the main team for more than a year. Then Zhang Yue came to the club’s youth training camp. Xiao Zhang is very handsome. He is sweet-mouthed and talkative and the coaches really liked him. At first, they let him be my substitute. Then…”
“You were thrown to the cold bench?”
Shu Chen bit his lip and nodded.
In fact, this situation was very common. If there was an excellent new player then the old player would give way to the new player. If the skill was good then Shu Chen would recognize it. However, Shu Chen obviously felt that he was no worse than Zhang Yue.
He changed from a main player to a substitute and never had the opportunity to play again. He was at a loss. He didn’t know what he didn’t do well so he could only train more seriously, hoping that the coach could see his efforts. However, from the moment he sat on the bench, it seemed that he would never be able to play again.
He waited for a few years but his chance didn’t come.
Shu Chen lowered his head. “They didn’t let me play on the main team. They said my state was declining and I couldn’t keep up with the rhythm. But… I feel like I can keep up.”
Jiang Shaoyu heard his wronged voice. The more he listened, the angrier he became. What decline in state? Excuses! TNG’s reason for supporting Zhang Yue was simple. Zhang Yue was handsome, could talk sweetly and could absorb fans. He also listened to Lu Xingyun and could do business with Lu Xingyun.
No matter how hard Shu Chen worked or how good he was, they couldn’t see it!
Jiang Shaoyu suppressed his anger and asked, “When will your contract with TNG expire?”
Shu Chen was stunned for a moment before replying, “The end of this year.”
Jiang Shaoyu told him, “Terminate the contract and follow me to the national team.”
Shu Chen abruptly raised his head and looked at Jiang Shaoyu in disbelief. “The national team?”
Jiang Shaoyu gently patted him on the shoulder. “I am the head coach of the national team and I have the right to transfer players directly to the national team’s youth training camp. Besides, you aren’t on the main team of TNG. It will have no impact on TNG if you leave.”
Shu Chen was worried. “But you will be scolded by them if you do this. They will say you are showing favoritism by taking your old teammate to the national team…”
“Don’t worry, I won’t let you directly enter the national team. Like Xiao Pei, you will go to the training camp to train first. Once the time comes, the medic position will also be an open selection. I believe that with your level, you can get in by yourself, right?”
Shu Chen’s heart relaxed and he nodded vigorously. “Okay! I will go to the training camp with Brother!”
Jiang Shaoyu continued, “Go back to your dormitory and pack your bags. Follow me back today. I will have the national team’s lawyers talk to them about the termination of the contract. I don’t want you to stay another day in this TNG Club.”
Shu Chen: “……”
Acting so resolutely by leaving on the same day?
Shu Chen smiled excitedly as he met Jiang Shaoyu’s gentle gaze. “Okay, Brother Yu! I will pack my bags and go with you!”
Brother Yu said the same thing as he did back then. He was really happy that Brother Yu was taking him away from TNG directly.
He hadn’t shown such a heartfelt smile in a long time.