Florentino Perez has slammed the fact that some of Europe’s elite teams now have government support, pointing out that Real Madrid made a 200 million euro bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, but it was turned down despite the fact that he was in the last year of his contract.
Los Blancos’ president, speaking to Real Madrid board members ahead of the club’s general assembly, emphasized the danger posed by state-backed teams, citing PSG, Manchester City, and now Newcastle United as examples.
When queried by Ramon Alvarez de Mon of Radio MARCA, Florentino Perez said, “We have to fulfill our obligations and we attempt to bring in excellent players and the greatest players.”
“However, you must be able to afford them.” Now you’ve made an offer of 200 million [euros], but they’re not interested.
“It’ll be better when their contracts are up, but there are a lot of state-backed teams who don’t want to sell you players right now.”
“I want the [club’s] [financial] management to be the most important thing, not the money you earn from outside.” The top 30 clubs in Europe will be owned by governments at some point.
“That is not the European Union’s guiding concept.” I came here to fight, and I’ve been fighting ever since.”
The European Super League is a competition held throughout Europe.
The Real Madrid president also spoke about the European Super League, of which he was appointed president, and how he wants the initiative to follow in the footsteps of Santiago Bernabeu, who was instrumental in bringing the European Cup to Madrid.
“When the European Cup was established in 1955, the situation was the same as it is today. Florentino Perez said, “Football must be played on the qualities and resources that you have.”
“You must also have the EU’s ideals of solidarity, competitiveness, and fair play.” We need to figure this out, and I’ll fight for it.”