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Bayern Munich’s sporting director tears into Mbappe’s Real Madrid switch: “A nail in football’s coffin”

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Max Eberl, the sporting director of Bayern Munich, has sparked significant attention with his outspoken remarks about Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to Real Madrid.

The signing of Mbappe by Real Madrid was announced with much excitement last Monday and continues to dominate sports news and discussions in the football world. 

This deal, worth about €300 million in total, includes the transfer bonus and the salary that Mbappe will receive over the next five years. 

Notably, Real Madrid did not have to pay Paris Saint-Germain anything for this transfer. Despite this, the transaction has drawn some criticism.

Increasing greed in football

Eberl has voiced his worries about the increasing greed in football, warning that this trend could have serious negative effects on the sport. 

He is particularly concerned about the financial extravagance and how it might damage the integrity and sustainability of football in the long run.

“If all the money is spent at some point, then we will have nothing left to survive on,” Eberl said as quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“You can get greedier and greedier, but everyone who is greedy will gradually become a nail in football’s coffin.

Max Eberl has voiced his concerns against Real Madrid’s acquisition of Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are talking about hundreds of millions. It’s too much and at some point, you have the feeling that it’s going to explode,” he added.

Intervention from outside

Eberl shared his thoughts and cautions about the future of football. He emphasized that the current state of the football market is not sustainable. According to him, the relentless pursuit of money could eventually ruin the sport. 

He mentioned that if this trend continues, it could prompt significant involvement from outside entities, such as organizations from Saudi Arabia, which could further destabilize the football industry.

“At some point, it will be oversaturated and Saudi Arabia will come. That doesn’t give me good feelings. I have to say that to be fair, but that’s the market right now. 

“Money is leaving the market. No club benefits from this. The players, the families, the agents, everyone benefits, but not the clubs. 

“In the past, at least the clubs benefited. The money remained in the cycle and that will become less and less,” he explained.

Eberl’s comments highlight a growing concern among many in the football community about the direction in which the sport is heading. 

Some see the enormous sums of money involved in player transfers and salaries as a sign of the increasing commercialization of football. 

This shift towards viewing football primarily as a business, rather than a sport, is troubling to many purists and long-time fans of the game.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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