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Florentino Perez: “We won’t make big signings this summer”

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The president talked to the press after Real Madrid clinched their 34th Liga title.

Real Madrid CF v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez talked to the Spanish press after the team’s 2-1 win against Villarreal which secured the 2019-2020 La Liga title for Zinedine Zidane’s men. Perez was visibly happy and talked about the French coach, Sergio Ramos’ future and the club’s plans going into the offseason.

“We won’t make big signings, the situation is very bad. It’s very tough to ask our players to take a salary cut and then sign big players, they can all wait. Real Madrid will sign big players again when the situation improves,” said Perez.

The president explained why the Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the club’s budget.

“This year has been the toughest for me because we lost the income of the stadium, which is very big, and we had to talk to our players so that they showed their solidarity. Had they not taken a salary cut we would’ve had economic loss, but we are not going to go through that because of them,” he revealed.

Florentino Perez praised coach Zinedine Zidane, who has found a way to win another title for Real Madrid.

“They showed me a tweet saying that he wins a title every 19 games. Zidane is a blessing from heaven and we will let people criticize him as much as they want, we will keep winning titles meanwhile,” said Perez.

Ramos’ contract expires in 2021 and while Real Madrid and the defender are expected to reach an agreement and extend his deal, nothing has been made official yet. Perez praised the captain and clearly revealed that his contract will be extended.

“Ramos will be here for his entire life, people should be calm about it. He’s been impressive as a leader, the whole team is a single unit and he’s responsible for it,” added the president, who also had praise for Benzema and Courtois.

“Every single player has been impressive this season, but especially Karim. All of them, really. Sergio is the captain and he’s more than a captain, Courtois has been amazing, our coach was the main reason behind the succes...All of them,” said Perez.

Real’s president also wanted to have some words for the victims of Covid-19.

“We want to remember those who suffered and those who couldn’t be with us tonight, we want to keep them in our minds,” concluded Perez.