La Liga president Javier Tebas has defended Real Madrid’s attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe despite football’s broader economic struggles, firmly that their conduct pales in comparison to that of Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was at the forefront of the European Super League scandal earlier this year when a group of elite clubs attempted to form a closed separatist competition.
Perez said their intention was to “save” football, convinced that the sport was financially unsustainable in its current form, but the plans quickly unraveled when the English clubs involved withdrew.
Yet despite talks about the fate of football, Real Madrid made offers for Mbappe in the last transfer window, with their offers thought to have started at € 160m – just the Frenchman himself (€ 180m). and PSG teammate Neymar (222 million euros) have cost more and more.
However, Real have raised significant capital through sales over the past four years, turning a profit into transfers in three of five seasons starting in early 2017-18.
As such, Tebas sees little cause for concern about Madrid’s financial situation, but can’t see them having a transfer window like PSG’s, which brought Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos to the field. and Nuno Mendes.
Speaking at a sponsorship press conference, Tebas told reporters: “I said Spanish football is not ruined, neither Madrid nor Barcelona.
“There are at least 80% of the clubs in Europe that are far worse off. As for Real Madrid, I think it was the club that was best managed during the pandemic, with enormous rigor in wage spending. Real Madrid have the ability to do what they want.
“They can never be PSG, because PSG is cheating. They have a wage bill close to € 600 million, which is impossible. Madrid is not a state club either, so they can’t do it ”.
Rumors about the demise of Spanish football have intensified after Barcelona’s last total defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday, losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou, while Sevilla stammered 1-1 at home to Salzburg.
For Barça it was the first time since the start of the Opta record (2003-04) that they failed to shoot on goal in a Champions League match, and Bayern’s superiority sentenced Ronald Koeman’s men to three consecutive home defeats in the competition for the first time.
Prior to 2020-21, Barça had only lost two Champions League home games with three or more goals, but it has since happened three times: with Messi no longer there, many would expect their standard to drop further.
But Tebas insists that the strange Champions League result doesn’t necessarily mean anything, noting that the Premier League has likely enjoyed its biggest growth period during the European trophy drought.
“There is still a lot to do in the Champions League,” he continued. “Last year it was the same and then everyone moved on to the knockout stage.
“The level of La Liga does not depend on a few Champions League matches. When the Premier League has grown the most, it has been in a six-year phase without winning the main elite competition. “