Platini blasts big-spending Real
Tuesday 21 July 2009
UEFA president Michel Platini has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid.
Real have splashed out close to £200million to sign Raul Albiol, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema this summer and Platini is worried by their lavish attitude to spending.
"I am concerned by the inflation and it upsets me," he said. "I do not understand such policies at certain clubs. I find it hard to accept the idea that some people are ready to spend without counting, when they don't have the money to do so
"Obviously, I'm referring to Real Madrid. But it doesn't bother me if a club spend 40million Euros on a player as long as they have the funds."
Meanwhile, Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has all but given up hope of being able to make his dream move to AC Milan this summer.
The Rossoneri have so far failed to stump up the necessary fee to secure the services of the 28-year-old Brazil international, whose agent, Jose Fuentes, is fearing the worst.
He commented: "Milan made a 14million euros offer, a figure that was not enough to acquire the striker.
"This figure undervalues the player and hence it cannot be accepted. Sevilla have every reason for not wanting to accept this offer.
"We now await to see if Milan will make a second offer for Luis Fabiano, but if Milan do not increase their bid it's clear that the Rossonero club are not interested in Fabiano.
"We are not angry, we are just disappointed. We are saddened because the player had made his mind up about going to Milan.
"Milan said they wanted him, but the likelihood is that he will not go there because they have not made a second offer so far."
Real Zaragoza have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to La Liga after reaching an agreement to sign Ikechukwu Uche from Getafe.
Uche joins Jermaine Pennant and goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo as Zaragoza's third signing of the summer.
A club statement read: "Real Zaragoza, Getafe and Uche have arrived at a principle agreement where, pending a medical, the Nigerian striker will spend the next four seasons with the Aragones club."
The 25-year-old's transfer is thought to be costing Zaragoza five million euros due to the price put on the forward's head by Getafe president Angel Torres.
Latest in Sport
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Brighton 2 Arsenal 3 player ratings: Did Tomas Rosicky's performance and goal make him man of the match at Amex Stadium?
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, Chelsea target Raheem Sterling, Manchester United want Benzema
Royal Rumble 2015: Watch The Rock return to the WWE to rescue Roman Reigns
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally