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A summary of Florentino Perez’s interview on El Larguero

Real Madrid v Atalanta Bergamo - UEFA Champions League Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Florentino Perez made an appearance on El Larguero tonight. He was supposed to appear on the show last night, but ended up being in a meeting with the European Super League’s founding members at that time instead.

Tonight, immediately after Real Madrid’s win over Cadiz, Florentino sat in the Cadena Ser studio, and his interview overlapped with Zinedine Zidane’s post-game presser.

Florentino’s interview was bizarre, and likely could’ve been avoided entirely. It was not helpful to an already disastrous PR campaign for the failed Super League.

Here’s a quick summary of his most important quotes

The vision

“I am sad. We have been working for three years. LaLiga is untouchable, where you have to get some money is weekdays. The Champions format is obsolete and only has interest in the quarterfinals. Last season 650 million have been lost and this format is not It works. We came up with a format where the most important teams in Europe play starting at the beginning of the season. You can get more money where the big ones don’t lose by being in solidarity with others. “

The opposition from UEFA

“Manipulated campaign saying that we were going to end football. There are people who have privileges and who do not want to lose them.”

“I have never seen such aggression from the UEFA president. It has been orchestrated. I have never seen it. Threats and insults. As if we had killed someone. Football must be saved. A complicated event occurs. There was someone in it. English group that didn’t have much interest. “

“They have killed us with a terrible aggressiveness. They were waiting for us. When all this happens and reality comes we will see what happens. The clubs are going to lose more than two billion.”

The current status of the Super League

“The twelve of us signed a binding contract. We could accommodate other teams. They are leaving because UEFA puts on a show. We have not explained it anyway but they have not given us a chance. It cannot be that those of us at the top lose money and that the others do so. win. “

“We have to do it now. We cannot wait three years. The money comes from good matches, where there is competition. You have to make matches like Federer-Nadal that is of interest to the fans. Top-level matches without excluding anyone.” .

“We all continue. Nobody has paid a penalty. The exit of this project is not rushed. There was a club that did not have much interest but has signed a binding contract. It is not an assembly movement.”

“I want an educated UEFA president, who does not insult. As simple as that. And that we argue, that they do not trip. That way of insulting a centennial president. He would have to set an example.”

“We all have an obligation to dialogue and the UEFA president has not done well. We transmit an image of what football is. I have not messed with anyone and I have been 20 years. Football is a sport of values. This is 30 years ago it was normal and now we all have to set an example. “

Trickling the money down the pyramid

“I have the responsibility for Real Madrid to be a pioneer. If there is money, there is money for everyone. The project is on standby. We are all together, reflecting on the future. Juventus has not left. The fundamental thing is that the games have interest to young people “.

Can the club make signings without the Super League?

“It is impossible for there to be big signings if the money does not flow. They have not even let us say what solidarity is. We are going to continue working in this Super League.”

“If Mbappé doesn’t come this year, nobody is going to shoot himself. If things don’t happen, it’s because they can’t be done. I think the partners are happy with my work.”

The contracts of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric

“We are closing this season and we ask the players to make an effort. I love them all. I signed Ramos in 2015. It will depend on the situation of the club, some player will have to be sold ... I know what it is to find a club in the year 2000 in a very bad situation. “

“With Modric there is already a renewal agreement. It is not the same case as Sergio Ramos. I love him as if he were my son. He knows how the situation is.”


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