Florentino Perez was re-elected president of Real Madrid this week after facing no opponents. In power until 2025, the president of Madrid will be able to work on several major projects in the coming months.
Returning to business in 2009, Florentino Perez had no trouble retaining the presidency of Real Madrid in the early elections on Monday. A timing that calls out when it comes to facing Liverpool at Anfield this Wednesday (from 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1) in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (Real 3-1 victory in the first leg).
Without any opponent in front of him, the boss of the Merengue club now has four additional years to breathe new life into the White House.
Zidane comforted and gone to last?
Free in June 2022, Zinédine Zidane has still not extended his contract. Rather serene about his future, the French coach seems inseparable from Florentino Perez who had recruited him as a player before giving him the reins of the first team. Still in contention for a Liga-Champions League double this season, the former playmaker of the France team could be the big winner of this re-election of the president of Madrid… and his first major project.
In recent weeks, the main opponent of Florentino Perez, Enrique Riquelme had promised that “Zidane would not be his coach”. The ambitious businessman seemed particularly in favor of an arrival of Jürgen Klopp or the promotion of Raul, coach of the reserve. The new mandate of Florentino Perez may well have strengthened the place of “Zizou” on the bench of Real. Unless the 1998 world champion decides on his own to take up a new challenge. He whose name comes back to Juventus or even to the Blues for the post-Deschamps.
Perez dreams of new Galactics with Haaland and Mbappé
While waiting to know if Zinédine Zidane will still embody Florentino Perez’s project, the president of Real seems to want to build an invincible armada for the years to come. The Madrid club already has world stars and fantastic players with Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos or even Sergio Ramos and Marcelo. But the five pillars of the reigning Spanish champion are all between 31 and 35 years old. Supposed to make the connection and replace Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard has also reached his thirties and has faced many physical problems since his arrival in La Liga.
A talented but aging workforce that pushes Florentino Perez to consider a very large recruitment in the years to come. From 2021 with the potential arrival of David Alaba, at the end of his contract with Bayern or that of Paul Pogba, often announced at the end of his career at Manchester United. In 2022, above all, since the names of Eduardo Camavinga and especially Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland are regularly cited in the orbit of Real.
The seduction operation has already started well for the two international tricolors with many compliments relayed at will by the pro-Real press. For the Norwegian cyborg, the contacts even gave rise to an encounter with the sulphurous agent Mino Raiola.
However, it remains to convince Borussia Dortmund to let go of its phenomenon. If Lionel Messi and CR7 have never evolved together in a club, Florentino Perez dreams of forming a Mbappé-Haaland duo and thus to afford the two superstars of the future. It also remains to be seen what the president will decide for the players at the end of the contract, in particular Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez.
History to finance the arrivals of renowned players, Florentino Perez must first restore order in the finances of Real Madrid. Key point of his re-election, the businessman and CEO of the ACS group, a construction giant in Spain and around the world, has agreed to contribute 124 million euros, or 15% of the expenditure foreseen in the budget of the club this season.
Hard hit by the economic consequences of the health crisis linked to the coronavirus, despite a profit (0.3 million euros) for the 2019-2020 financial year, Real Madrid has seen its budget drop by around two hundred million. euros for the 2020-2021 campaign.
Nevertheless obliged, like all the big clubs, to reduce the wing, the Real Madrid of Florentino Perez had not recruited during the last summer transfer window while recovering nearly 100 million euros thanks to the sale of players such as Sergio Reguilon (sold € 30M to Tottenham) or Achraf Hakimi (sold € 40M to Inter Milan).
Always in order to save money, Florentino Perez asked all club employees to agree to a 10% drop in their annual salary in order to limit damage. Efforts that do not prevent Real from recording losses of around 70 million euros according to the first estimates of the 2020-2021 campaign, but the management of the leader has probably avoided much worse.
The construction site (literally) of the new Bernabeu
Here again, Florentino Perez had a hollow nose. Faced with the closed session imposed on clubs due to the health crisis, the Madrid president took advantage of his mastery of the construction sector to accelerate the work planned at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. No offense to Jürgen Klopp, the relocation of the matches of the Merengue team to Valdebebas is akin to a master stroke on the part of Florentino Perez.
In addition to increasing the number of VIP boxes in the stands, the work will also allow the construction of a retractable roof and a major overhaul of the pitch. Also retractable, the new lawn could then be retracted in order to promote the organization of concerts without damaging the playing surface… and thus bring additional income to Real Madrid.
The delivery of the new Bernabeu, it is scheduled for the end of 2022 or even early 2023 if everything is a little late. On this point, Florentino Perez should not be able to do wonders. Although knowing it, one could almost expect a quicker than expected end of the work.
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