Tebas: Spain’s best players will leave La Liga
Spanish football Federation president Javier Tebas has warned fans of La Liga that the biggest stars of the league will look to leave over the next four years as clubs struggle to pay off their debts.
Spain international Jesus Navas has already departed the Spanish Primera Division, joining Premier league side Manchester City, with former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini set to join him at the Etihad Stadium.
Ex-Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has also left to join rising French Ligue 1 side Monaco in a deal worth over £50million, and Tebas feels that this will be the growing trend in seasons to come.
With Malaga’s financial troubles compounded yesterday by news that their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for their European ban has been rejected, leading to rumours that star players Isco, Jeremy Toulalan and Joaquin could be set to leave la Rosaleda.
The top two Spanish strikers this season, Alvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado, who scored 25 and 24 goals respectively last season, are both being touted as the next big moves, and Tebas feels that the situation will get worse before it gets better for Spanish clubs.
Speaking to Spanish daily newspaper AS, Tebas said, “Fans need to be aware that there is going to be an exodus of players over the next three to four years, because we need clubs to decrease their debts if they are able to become alternatives to the big clubs.
“The fundamental idea, with a few caveats, is that clubs must spend what they earn.”
The 50-year-old also hinted at a reformation of the fixture list, and claimed that the league needs the support of the foreign market to succeed.
“We need to look to the foreign market if we are to increase our television revenues,” added Tebas, “And that means we have to pay attention to the television operators abroad, and make things easier for them in terms of kick off times.”
The news comes after a new sponsorship deal for the league was revealed, with BBVA extending their contract for another three years in a deal worth €23.5million per year.
By Nick Turner Follow: NickTurner1988