Florentino Perez has criticized the fact that some of Europe’s top clubs are now supported by the state, as he stressed that Real Madrid made an offer of 200 million euros Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe but saw it rejected, despite being in the last year of his contract.
Speaking with the Real Madrid board members prior to the club’s general meeting, the whitesPresident stressed the threat posed by state-backed clubs, stating: PSG, Manchester City and now Newcastle United at the forefront of his wrath.
“We have to fulfill our contracts and we are trying to bring in good players and the best players.” Florentino Perez responded to the question of Radio MARCA’s Ramon Alvarez de Mon.
“But you have to be able to pay them. Now you are bidding 200 million [euros] and they don’t sell.
“If they finish their contracts it will be better, but at the moment there are a lot of state-backed clubs and they don’t want to sell you players.
“I strive for” [financial] management [of the club] the important thing is, not the money you get from elsewhere. The time will come when the top 30 clubs in Europe will be owned by countries.
“That is not the principle of the European Union. I came here to fight and I have been fighting since my arrival.”
European Super League
The Real Madrid chairman also discussed the European Super League, of which he became president, and how he wants the project to mimic Santiago Bernabeu, who created the European Cup.
“The European Cup was created in 1955 and it was the same situation as now. Football should be played on the merits and resources you have.” Florentino Perez commentary.
“And you have to have the principles of the EU: solidarity, competition and fair play. We have to solve it and I will fight for it.”