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
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.