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Real Madrid president talks PSG, CVC deal, La Liga downfall, Super League, Benzema,
Real Madrid have been unstoppable this season and are yet to drop points across all competitions. It has not been for a lack of hurdles but a strong mentality and feeling of oneness that made the unreal streak possible.
Earlier today, Florentino Perez addressed the assembly at Real Madrid’s General Assembly. His speech sent a powerful message to the world of football and called out loudly for reforms in the structure of European competitions.
During his speech, he also gave resounding replies to the likes of Javier Tebas and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who raised their voice against the Real Madrid president’s ideas in recent weeks. Here are the snippets from his address at the annual event.
On La Liga’s downfall: “La Liga has lost subscribers on TV and their strategy is to charge more to the few who are left. They have turned a product that should be popular into a luxury product.”
On Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s comments: “Maybe Nasser Al-Khelaifi needs to be reminded of who Real Madrid is.”
On the CVC deal: “The CVC project, in addition to being illegal, mortgages the clubs for 50 years. We remain in opposition together with Barcelona and Athletic.”
On the Super League: “The Super League would not be a closed competition. The president of the ECA said that Madrid was afraid of the competition. It would still be necessary to remind him who Real Madrid is.”
On the NFL surpassing the UCL in revenue: “The audiovisual income of the NFL have surpassed those of the Champions League. I repeat: they must be doing something very well in the USA and very badly in Europe. Football is losing the battle.”
On the global status of football economically: “According to Forbes, Real Madrid is the 13th most valuable club in the world, we were 5th before. There are only 3 football clubs in this ranking. They must be doing something very well in the USA and very badly in Europe.”
Comparing European football to the tennis model: “Nadal and Djokovic have played against 59 times, is this boring? Real Madrid and Liverpool have only met 9 times in 67 years. What’s the point of depriving fans of these matches?”
On the need of the hour: “Young people are less and less interested in football, a tendency to reverse before it’s too late. They ask for a quality product that football does not give because current competitions do not attract until the final phases.”
On the recent financial year: “The profit for the 2021-22 financial year was €13m. The net worth is €546m and the treasury holds a figure of €425m.”
On his team’s fine form: “Real Madrid does not allow complacency or relaxation. After winning the Super Cup, we have won all the games we have played, being the only club in the five major leagues to have done so. This is the way.”
On Los Blancos’ UCL run last season: “We experienced memorable matches last season, which reflected Madrid’s DNA. We beat PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.”
On Marcelo’s legacy: “I want to send our love and admiration to Marcelo, the player with the most titles in the history of Real Madrid. Thank you very much, Marcelo.”
On Casemiro’s mark at the club: “Thank you Casemiro, one of our great references. From the 5 Champions Leagues to the Uefa Super Cup with which he said goodbye. Thank you very much, Casemiro”.
On the Ballon d’Or: “Benzema has already received the award for best player of the year from UEFA and in the next few days, he will be awarded the Ballon d’Or. No one doubts it.”
Source: Real Madrid
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.