Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez is looking forward to resuming the 2019-2020 Liga season. The Coronavirus pandemic has improved a lot in recent weeks and it looks like professional athletes will be allowed to train next week. While the remainder of the schedule will be forced to happen behind closed doors, Vazquez believes that having football back would be helpful now that the situation seems to be a bit more under control.
Vazquez talked to The Guardian’s Sid Lowe and shared his thoughts about the situation.
“Above all, you have to be responsible. If we can play, with the right safety measures, we’d all love to complete the season. It would be good for people, for society: for two hours you’re not just thinking only about this [virus]. Football brings happiness,” said Vazquez.
Every single member of Real Madrid’s squad took a significant pay cut during this Pandemic so that the regular workers of the club could keep their jobs. Vazquez explained how that process happened.
“With us, Sergio [Ramos] is the captain. First, they speak to him. He brings it to us. We had a meeting, spoke, evaluated it, discussed what was best for everyone. At no point was there the slightest doubt about what we had to do. Madrid is a big club with lots of employees, like a family, and it was important to pull in the same direction. We did what we thought was right. We didn’t hesitate,” explained the winger.
Vazquez was asked about the potential impact Coronavirus can have on the future of football. Most clubs are expected to save money during the upcoming transfer window and it looks like Real Madrid will be one of them. Even future contracts could be significantly lower than they were before, given the current circumstances. Vazquez is not afraid about football’s future, though.
“I really hope not. Football has such a huge place in society; there will be an impact for sure but I hope the impact is minimal,” concluded the right winger.