La Liga

President fears Spain drain

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas is expected to join Manchester City soon.
Share This Story

   
 

The president of the Spanish Football League, Javier Tebas, believes many of the most talented players in Spain will leave the country in the next four years as clubs are forced to pay off their debts.

CRASH COURSE

Catch all the movers and shakers from this summer's transfer window.

Spain international Jesus Navas is expected to sign for Manchester City and, with Radamel Falcao already heading for Monaco from Atletico Madrid, Malaga midfielder Isco could also leave Spain.

The future of the two highest Spanish scorers in the Primera Division last season, Alvaro Negredo and Roberto Soldado, remains uncertain.

In an interview with AS, Tebas said fans should expect more players to leave the league, stressing the only way for teams to compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona was to resolve their financial troubles.

He 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."

Tebas also reiterated his support for a model of Financial Fair Play for Spanish football, declaring: "The fundamental idea, with a few caveats, is that clubs must spend what they earn."

The president added that the league was looking to expand its global audience, and said this would have an effect on how it scheduled games in the future.

"We need to look to the foreign market if we are to increase our television revenues, 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," he said.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

More than Sports on MSN